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A very careful choice of words on the part of the Prime Minister leaves the door open to walk back support of his Deputy Prime Minister if Joyce is found to be telling the Australian Parliament untruths.
It would appear that climate change denial remains alive and well, but with the same hearing and comprehension problems it acquired at birth.........
The Daily Examiner and Townsville Bulletin, 10 January 2018:
[ Thursday, 15 Feb to Friday, 16 Feb. ] This coming Thursday is D-Day - i.e. destruction day, when the annual bulldozing period commences at the Leard State Forest. We do not have volunteers for the critical days of Thursday and Friday this week. We recognise that it is difficult for people to come here to the frontline, and I admit it is a challenging environment [...] full article
[ Thursday, 1 Mar; 5:30 pm; ] Living up to the motto: connect-create-inspire-act Sustainable Living Armidale are inviting sustainability interest groups together for a social gathering called 'Green Drinks. To be honest this is nothing original, Dave Carr has been organising similar get togethers for the enviro-sector for years. But what is original is the cool new venue for the get together. We [...] full article
Mesner uses the name Kilrush- as he gets a rush from killing. But all he is is Aquinos buttboy.
But it is nice he admits to fucking with me. And since it hasnt stopped- obviously he isnt bored with me.
EMF stands for electro magnetic frequency- the result of their DEW weapons- (directed energy weapons), the ones the air Force told Congress about in 2006 and said they were going to use on American citizens to show the rest of the world they were safe. Considering it is 2018 and they are still secret- obviously they arent safe.
But it isnt about how we die- it is about how we lived. And considering Mesner reportedly has AIDS- his time is no longer than mine. We just arent going to end up in the same place.
But this will be over soon- and those who just stood by and watched will be held accountable just as those who made this happen will- thus this whole there will be a great gnashing of teeth.
We are in a period of judgment and we can only be held accountable for that which we do. Whether we are honest about it or not.
The ambitious renewable energy-focused power retailer Powershop Australia has signed a huge deal for the output of a 200MW solar farm and two big wind farms, after being stunned by the low prices offered after it went to market for proposals last year. We have gotten an overwhelming response from the market, McManus told RenewEconomy. I cant [...] full article
The Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory Project is an industry-led initiative seeking improvements to the energy requirements in the National Construction Code. This Interim Report The Bottom Line household impacts of delaying improved energy requirements in the Building Code presents preliminary results, focusing on short-term improvements to residential requirements. Improved building energy performance presents a [...] full article
In 1999, I was engaged in pursuing an intriguing little problem. Charles Hapgood, best known as the author of Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings, had died as the result of a car accident that happened in December 1982. Two months earlier, he had written to a librarian named Rand Flem-Ath telling him that he had made recent exciting discoveries that had convinced him there had once been a hundred thousand year old civilisation with advanced levels of science. And since I had agreed to collaborate with Flem-Ath on a book about Atlantis, I set out to pursue Hapgoods contacts to see if I could find out what he meant.
Finally, through a tip-off from one of Hapgoods acquaintances, I found myself in touch with an archaeologist and science writer from New England, who staggered me when he declared that it was he who had given Hapgood this information. What he had told him, he said, was (a) that the Greek measure of distances proved that they knew the exact size of the Earth a millennium or so before Eratosthenes discovered it (around 250 BCE), and (b) that Neanderthal man had a remarkable degree of culture, and was studying the stars by 100,000 BCE or earlier.
Now I had already stumbled on the information about the Greeks in a book called Historical Metrology by A. E. Berriman (1953), to which the historical researcher Henry Lincoln had introduced me. And the second assertion had been made by my friend Stan Gooch in 1989, in a book called Cities of Dreams.
Gooch was arguing that Neanderthal man had possessed a complex civilisation, but that it was not a civilisation of bricks and mortar, but of dreams. That hardly seemed to make sense. Surely civilisation is our defence against nature? Dreams are not much use against a hurricane or a sabre tooth tiger.
Gooch launches his argument by comparing Neanderthal man with native Americans, pointing out that in spite of their complex culture, the latter had no written language and built no houses.
What would have happened, Gooch asks, if they had been exterminated by disease or some catastrophe, and had simply vanished? Archaeologists would find their skeletons and dismiss them as primitives, just as we dismiss Neanderthals.
Speaking of the Seven Sisters, Gooch remarks, The Pleiades are the only c...
[ Thursday, 1 Mar; 6:00 pm; ] Armidale branch of the Friends of the ABC will be holding their Annual General Meeting Thursday, March 1 at 6 pm in Kent House (141 Faulkner Street, Armidale). We extend an invitation to all those who are interested in the importance of independent public broadcasting. Following the AGM, the NSW President of ABC Friends, Ed [...] full article
Heres an interesting surmise for us all. Could it be that the alien phenomenon witnessed by so many reliable observers is the product of a technology developed at other locations in the universe and created by civilisations only a few small steps ahead of what we ourselves are now heading for? Could it be that the Grey entities reported in abduction scenarios are artificially intelligent probes sent to harvest information and gather resources by their creators who may themselves no longer be around to reap the benefits of their creation? Further, could it be that such artificial intelligence quite incidentally became a danger to naturally living intelligent life through its quest to relentlessly expand the horizons of its information.
First, recent evidence suggests that the existence of alien life
forms in the universe is now beyond reasonable dispute. In January
2012 a report was published in Nature suggesting that
around 10 billion stars out of the 100 billion that fill the Milky
Way have planets in the habitable or Goldilocks
Professor Stephen Hawking and Professor Michio Kaku had already stated their opinion that alien life is highly likely to exist but they take that one step further and suggest it is also highly likely to be predatory. Hawking postulates that aliens might simply raid Earth for its resources and then move on: We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldnt want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.2
In 2010 eminent scientists called for a world plan to deal with this potential threat. According to an extraterrestrial-themed edition of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society published in January 2010, world governments should prepare a co-ordinated action plan in case Earth is contacted...
Follow Hitler. He will dance, but it is I who have written
the music. Dont weep for me: I shall have had more influence on the
course of history than any other German.
Dietrich Eckhart, on his deathbed, Christmas 1923
Dietrich Eckart (1868-1923) was a prominent figure in Germanys bohemian and occult subculture before World War I. A well-known playwright, poet and journalist, he was involved with the shadowy Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff and the secretive Thule Society in Munich.
After hearing Adolf Hitler speak at a political meeting in 1919, Eckart recognised Hitlers talent as a demagogue and an organiser. He saw in Hitler someone who could translate the occult worldview of the Thule into action. He quickly took Adolf Hitler under his wing and made him his protg.
Eckart popularised a central tenet of the Thule Society, the belief in the coming of a German Messiah who would redeem the nation from its defeat in World War I. Eckart expressed his anticipation in a poem he wrote months before he first met Hitler. In the poem, Eckart refers to the Great One, the Nameless One, Whom all can sense but no one saw. When Eckart met Hitler, Eckart was convinced that he had encountered the prophesied saviour.
Eckart introduced Hitler to Capt. Ernst Rohm, who had important links to senior officers in the German army. Rohm, an open homosexual later murdered on Hitlers orders, headed up the Thule Societys military wing. Other Thule initiates Eckart introduced to Hitler included Rudolf Hess (who would become Hitlers deputy) and Alfred Rosenberg (later to play an important role in the Third Reich).
Significantly, Eckart provided Hitler with funds and supported him in his rise within the German Workers Party (DAP), the Thule Societys political front group. Eckart had been one of the founders of the party which Hitler quickly transformed into the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). He was the original publisher of the party tabloid, the Vlkischer Beobachter, a Munich newspaper first bought by Rudolf von Sebottendorff in the name of the Thule Society. Eckart also wrote the lyrics of the quasi-mystical Nazi anthem Germany Awake.
Historians agree that Eckart exerted considerable and unequalled influence on Hitler. Without his patronage the young Austrian vetera...
A severe thunderstorm that hit the city of Brisbane, Queensland Sunday night (local time), February 11, 2018, left 130 000 homes without power, produced some 265 000 lightning strikes and dropped up to tennis ball-sized hail on the region. At least one person was injured after a lightning hit nearby home. Heavy rain and winds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) smashed Brisbane around 19:00 local time Sunday, accompanied by up to tennis ball-sized hail that caused extensive damage and blanketed fields. The temperature dropped by 10 C (18 F) as the storm hit, from up to 38 C (100.4 F) to 28 C (82.4 F). The storm downed numerous trees and more than 500 power lines at the height of the storm, leaving some 130 000 homes without power. On Monday morning, February 12, Logan City, south of Brisbane, still had more than 40 000 properties without electricity, Brisbane almost 7 000 and Redland City about 2 300.
The sixth-century BCE Greek philosopher-mystic Pythagoras was a man of spectacular achievement. Plutarch says that he taught an eagle to come at his command and stoop down to him in flight.1 He taught the doctrine of reincarnation and was thought to remember twenty-two of his past lives. He founded an order whose adherents strove to free themselves from the cycle of earthly incarnations through vegetarianism, silence, and contemplation of the ultimate reality of the universe.2
Up through the seventeenth century CE, scholars believed Pythagoras journeyed to Sidon, in Phoenicia, where he met the descendants of a man named Moschus (or Mochus) who had lived five hundred years before. Moschus was the Phoenician name for Moses, and his descendants gave Pythagoras esoteric doctrines passed down to them from their illustrious ancestor.3
Pythagoras returned to his home in the Greek colony of Crote in southern Italy to further develop his mystical philosophy which stated that the numerical relationships reflected in the relationships between musical chords are the bedrock of reality. Adding to this the secret doctrines of Moses, he discovered that the planets revolved around the sun. He also discovered the law of universal gravitation (including the inverse-square law of attraction), which he expressed allegorically as the divine music of the spheres holding the planets in thrall to the sun.
But, wait a minute! Didnt Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) discover the law of universal gravitation?
Yes, he did. But Sir Isaac didnt think his discoveries were original. He thought he was recovering parts of a body of primordial knowledge called the prisca sapientia (the pristine wisdom). Bits of this ancient knowledge had been transported through the Flood by Noah. It had caught the interest of the Egyptians, then the Jews, then the Phoenicians, until it emerged almost fully-blown in the philosophy of Pythagoras. It spread throughout the ancient world, meeting with resistance only when Aristotle insisted that the sun revolved around the earth and that many of the Pythagorean beliefs were irrat...
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Yesterday's report is here. I'm pleased to report that as of this afternoon Crake's GoFundMe page has been removed.
10 years on from the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, we have the chance to write a new chapter of history, where indigeneity is embraced and not derided. pic.twitter.com/jzQSYlNem5 Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) February 13, 2018
The insatiable appetite of Anglophone cultures for the prurient is of a different order to others. But it is an appetite tinged by horror, squeamishness and concern. Added to that such traditional markers, not to mention such markers as marriage, family and conservative values, and the whole thing becomes indigestible.
Australian politics is awash with only one story at the moment. There are no grand schemes and visions, only the prospect of whether the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce did wrong by his family in impregnating a political staffer. (That now former staffer, Vikki Campion, is afforded various names in the relationship argot: partner, girlfriend, assistant, bun-in-oven carrier.)
The nature of this explosive interest, repeatedly advertised as a lack of interest (we dont have an interest in his private life) has a tinny quality to it, largely given the general awareness amongst government members, staffers and the Canberra press gallery about Mr. Joyces extra-marital pursuits. The Daily Telegraph, needing copy to fill certain, generally vapid columns, decided to break the tacit consensus. Where there is sex, there is hypocrisy.
Any sex scandal immediately triggers a discussion about how the political figure operates in public, and the world of private endeavour. Aristotle famously suggested a division between political pursuit and household matters. The French continue to maintain a somewhat artificial distinction between the two, deeming the transgression of the personal as separate from the political. As with everything else, this is a matter of degree and weight. Privacy can be used as an unwarranted cover for abuse.
Parallels have bitten. The interminably present Michelle Grattan, who knows Canberras press gallery circles with a cloying intimacy, compares the Joyce-Campion affair with that of Jim Cairns and staffer Junie Morosi. The latter, taking place in the torrid years of the Whitlam government, was different, claims Grattan, because Morosi was a political player, through her enormous influence on her boss.
Of Joyce-Campion, Grattan offered a different reading. No-one suggests Campion, who was deliberately transferred out of Joyces office nearly a year ago, was a political mover-and-shaker. But Joyce had been, Grattan could sense with razor sharp intuition, more distracted and difficult, though his citizenship imbroglio was a factor too.
These observations are, at best, trite. The exertion of sexual influence can spill over into other realms....
Theres many ways to dull the impact of a Royal Commission before it even begins. Swamping it with a ridiculously wide brief is one of them. Ross Hamilton weighs in on Malcolm Turnbulls Banking Royal Commission.
Word is going around that despite everything, the banks arent really that worried about the Banking Royal Commission. And why would they be? Our government has demonstrated very clearly that it isnt fair dinkum about the behaviour of the banks. Malcolm Turnbull was particularly insistent that an inquiry wasnt necessary as they already had the banks in line. And the format of the Royal Commission has pretty much ensured minimal damage will result.
One thing both sides of parliament have right is that the Big Four have become so big that they simply cannot be allowed to fail. Consequently, they have been allowed to do pretty much what they want, helped by repeated budget cuts reducing the effectiveness of the agencies who are supposed to be monitoring and regulating the financial services sector.
A decade ago, the banks were the centre of attention for their failure to pass on to their customers all of interest rate cuts. Increasing bad publicity finally saw them back off a little. After another interest rate cut, one of the Big Four announced that it was going to pass on something like 85% of a cut, an increase over the lesser amount they had passed on in other cuts.
Malcolm Turnbull was Leader of the Opposition at the time and he was quick to call a press conference. According to Turnbull, the only reason the banks had increased the amount of the rate reduction to be passed on to customers was because the Opposition had drawn a line in the sand that the banks were not going to cross.
Huh? Were we supposed to believe that the banks really were that scared of the party that wasnt even in government? Not surprisingly, then-Treasurer Wayne Swan was laughing in his response to Turnbull. Was Turnbull really that arrogant to believe it or did he think we are all gormless idiots who would believe any old rubbish?
Jump forward a few years and Turnbull is Prime Minister. And the banks are again (still) under fire. Abbott wasnt interested in taking sides against the banks. And after he knifed Abbott and tried hard to lose an election, Turnbull made it very clear that he didnt want to either.Former Australian prime Minister, Tony Abb...
Three years ago today SA Premier Jay Weatherill announced a Royal Commission into the nuclear industry and a major community campaign against plans for an international high level radioactive waste dump began.
I am running a couple of days late with this post, due to illness in the family. This week I am continuing my look at the websites of Australia's major UFO groups. Last time it was UFO Research (New South Wales) Incorporated and the UFO & Paranormal Research Society of Australia. Today it is the website of UFO Research Queensland Incorporated.
UFORQ for short, states on its website that it was established in 1956 and is Australia's oldest UFO Association. There are seven tabs on the home page, namely 'About Us;' 'Sightings;' 'Meetings;' 'Resources;' 'Shop;' 'Blog' and 'Join UFORQ.'
I started off by reading the history of the group under 'About Us.' I should say histories, as there is a short section titled 'History' and a much longer section titled 'A brief history.' I think someone needs to edit this section of the website.
Here we also find out some of the motivation of the group. '...we want to be there when the great body of hidden information is finally brought into the public domain...' Unfortunately, there is no definition provided of what exactly this 'hidden information' might be (I suppose its hidden after all!) Nor is there any indication of who the group thinks might hold this knowledge. It all reeks of conspiracy theory.
My main interest is not in the body running a website, but in the quality (or otherwise) of the data on it. So I next took a look at the 'Sightings' tab. Here you can either report a sighting or take a look at sighting reports post 1997. This is disappointing as the groups' excellent research works of the 1950's and 1960's - the heyday for unknown Australian sightings, is not available to us here.
As with the sightings area for the websites of the previous two groups, there appears little to no analysis of the sightings. No attempt to provide mundane explanations for the 95% of UFO reports which are universally recognised to be explainable. This is a great disappointment to me.
As you would expect, the 'Meetings' area provides details of the group's regular public meetings. There seems a good spread of topics covered in these talks,...
New research published in BMC Psychiatry reveals that walking
10,000 steps a day, over the course of 100 days, can have a
positive impact on mental wellbeing, weight loss, blood pressure
and cardiovascular health.
In one of the largest health studies carried out at a workplace, two thousand participants in the Stepathlon, a corporate wellness challenge dedicated to achieving better physical and mental health outcomes, reveals consistent and positive impacts on all measures of mental health.
Read more at: https://www.myvmc.com/news/10000-steps-day-keeps-blues-away/
Cases of a strain of gonorrhoea impervious to an antibiotic have
almost tripled in six months, the latest report from the National
Alert System for Critical Antimicrobial Resistance (CARAlert)
The result was a warning shot across the bow for doctors and public health officials fighting antibiotic resistance, CARAlerts senior medical adviser said.A total of 742 reports of critically resistant bacteria were collected by the early-warning system from 65 laboratories nationwide between April and September last year, a 75 per cent rise on the 423 cases reported in the same period during 2016.
Read more at:http://www.smh.com.au/national/gonorrhoea-super-superbugs-triple-in-six-months-20180212-p4z01e.html
Researchers have used magnetic resonance imaging scans that measure blood flow in the brain to better understand why people often become aggressive and violent after drinking alcohol.
After only two drinks, the researchers noted changes in the
working of the prefrontal cortex of the brain, the part normally
involved in tempering a person's levels of aggression.
The study, led by Associate Professor Thomas Denson of the UNSW School of Psychology, is published in the journal Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, which is an official journal of the Psychonomic Society and is published by Springer.
In this study, Denson and his team recruited 50 healthy young men. The participants were either given two drinks containing vodka, or placebo drinks without any alcohol. While lying in an MRI scanner, the participants then had to compete in a task which has regularly been used over the past 50 years to observe levels of aggression in response to provocation.
Read more at:https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/brain-scans-show-why-people-get-aggressive-after-drink-or-two
Two headline shows in Sydney and an Australian tour off the back of Laneway festival hasnt slowed down The War On Drugs. Packed with long-running jams, a support set from Sydney darlings Middle Kids, and more textures than you can find at Spotlight, their sold out time at The Enmore Theatre was truly ablaze.
Here they are: I think the Daily Caller nails it in this video. And here's the sympathetic New York Times. WASHINGTON With the unveiling here Monday at the National Portrait Gallery of the official presidential likenesses of Barack Obama and the former first lady, Michelle Obama, this city of...
The paths of Fantastic Realism do not resemble the ordinary
paths of knowledge.
Louis Pauwels & Jacques Bergier, The Morning of the Magicians
As Richard Smoley rightly pointed out, a noted predecessor of New Dawn magazine was the French review Plante (Planet), published by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier as a follow-up to the sensational success of their book Morning of the Magicians. Inspired directly by Pauwels and Bergiers book and Plante journal, New Dawn continues a subversive tradition of delving into subjects as fascinating and wide-ranging as secret societies, ancient mysteries, conspiracies, arcane prophecies, vanished civilisations, UFOs, supernatural phenomena, the awakened state.
Like the French Plante (published 19611972), New Dawn was founded on the premise that reality is far more fantastic than how we limit it under conventional scientific, political, historical and cultural models. If New Dawn magazine, wrote editor David Jones in the March-April 2014 issue, has a guiding philosophy or general orientation, it would be, Fantastic Realism with its slogan Nothing that is strange is foreign to us!
Grounded in the worldview of Fantastic Realism, New Dawn magazine is dedicated to exploring what Jacques Bergier and Louis Pauwels identified in The Morning of the Magicians, namely:
Trends of thought that escape the notice of the trained observer; writings and works to which the sociologist pays scant attention, together with social phenomena that he considers too insignificant or too odd to worry about, are perhaps a sure indication of events to come than facts that are there for all to see and the openly expressed opinions and general trend of thinking which cause him serious concern.
What exactly is Fantastic Realism? The answer is clearly outlined in The Morning of the Magicians:
We call our point of view fantastic realism. It has nothing to do with the bizarre, the exotic, the merely picturesque. There was no attempt on our part to escape the times in which we live. We were not interested in the outer suburbs of reality: on the contrary we have tried to take up a position at its very hub. There alone, we believe the fantastic is to be discovered and not a fantastic leading to escapism but rather to a deeper participation in life. The fantastic is usually thought of as a violation of na...
The vehicle had obstructed one land of northbound traffic just before the Cabarita exit.
Echonetdaily believes the occupants of the vehicle have been taken to hospital but no details are currently available as to their condition.
Why are other country's failures our problem? Why do we give money to countries - like Indonesia - that can afford huge military spending? Who do Shut-Nauru Shorten and fullest-extent Wong want to run Australia for? Doesn't seem to be us. Here's SBS's report: Labor pledges to rebuild foreign aid...
Donald Trump is a foaming, racist idiot. But hes right about at least one thing fake news. Its a thing, and mainstream media, including in Australia, very much engage in it.
Of course, they always have, but for the proof look no further than the news out of America this morning that Trumps daughter-in-law, Vanessa was hospitalized after opening an envelope addressed to her husband, Donald Trump Jnr, which contained a mysterious white powder.
All of those statements are true and so heres how the Sydney Morning Herald reported it.
Notably, the Herald yarn is a subscribers only story hence, a quick pro tip to Fairfax: 1. Youre not supposed to troll your own subscribers; 2. Youre supposed to make clickbait free. Thats the point of clickbait. Fake news isnt going to viral if you put it behind a paywall.
News.com.au got it right in some of its reporting: She was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. It was not immediately clear what the substance was.
But like the Herald, in one iteration of the story, it also couldnt resist the ill word in the headline.
Granted, Fairfax and News are based in Australia, so popping down the road to Trump Tower to check for yourself takes organisation. But a simple check of Donald Trump Jnrs Twitter account would have solved the mystery.
Thankful that Vanessa & my children are safe and unharmed after the incredibly scary situation that occurred this morning. Truly disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behavior.
Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 12, 2018
But wheres the fun and fake news in that?
American media responses...
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Those of us involved with political organising often harbour the belief that we are more politically aware than others; that the ordinary people who exist outside our theoretical and organisational worlds are apathetic, or apolitical, or unenlightened. I have never found this to be particularly true. Like many people, those I met in Logan had lost faith in politics, but they were highly politicised.
Queenslanders are one step closer to having their human rights protected in law, following confirmation from the Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath that the Queensland Government is moving ahead with establishing a Human Rights Act.
Hugh de Kretser, the Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, welcomed the news from the Palaszczuk Government which was re-elected in November last year.
Its great to see the Queensland Government making good on its commitment to better protect human rights in law. At a time when many rights in Australia are being steadily chipped away, its welcome to see a government draw a line in the sand and move to guarantee some of our fundamental rights in legislation, said Mr de Kretser.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk committed in 2016 to introduce a Human Rights Act, but the introduction of the legislation was delayed. It is understood the legislation will be modelled on Victorias Charter of Human Rights.
Human Rights Acts help to ensure everyones rights are protected. They lead to better laws and policies and stronger, fairer communities. It will mean that Queensland politicians and public servants must consider human rights when making laws and policies and that government bodies like schools and hospitals must uphold them. This a good move by the Queensland Government and we look forward to seeing the legislation introduced in Parliament as soon as possible, said Mr de Kretser.
Mr de Kretser also said Queensland should learn from the Victorian experience and make sure that peoples rights under the Human Rights Act are easily enforceable.
Its time for Australians to start protecting their human rights by enshrining them in law. Can you chip in to help @hr4qld hold the Queensland Gov to its promise to deliver a Human Rights Act? Head to @Chuffed here: https://t.co/fF6BEev9LvTom Clarke (@TomHRLC) January 18, 2018
Most of the work of Victorias Charter has been done behind the scenes in government and parliament, but its important that when governments violate human rights, people affected can take action in court. Theres not much point having your human rights nicely articulated if you cant actually do anything when they are violated, said Mr de Kretser.
In Victoria, people essentially have to tack their human rights claims onto other legal cases in order to have them heard in court. A 2015 review of Victorias Charter recommended that this be simplified to allow people to directly enforc...
A V Day flashmob dance is taking place at 7am tomorrow morning on Main Beach in Byron Bay to raise awareness of the need to end violence against women and children around the world.
Its a chance for local people to connect to the global movement that is committed to reducing violence against women and children, said local organiser Zenith Virago.
This action here in Byron is to empower local women to find their voice.
V Day started on Valentines Day in 2012 and was based on the fact that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during their lifetime. This adds up to more that one million women and girls being subjected to violence in their lives. In Australia approximately 100 women have been murdered in the last 12 months by their intimate partners.
V Day will cumulate with a celebration of the vagina though the ever popular Vagina Conversations that will be held at the Byron Theatre from 7.30pm on February 14 and 15.
This year, with the #metoo campaign, and women individually and collectively exposing the magnitude of sexually abusive behaviour by many men this show is particularly relevant, said Zenith.
Woman are standing up for themselves, for others, and against the patriarchy and its control of women and their bodies.
Having sold out shows for the last two years you will need to pick up tickets early on if you want to have a chance to enjoy the hilarious, challenging and celebratory stories that will be being told by women from 22 to 81 years old about their lives and vaginas. Speakers will include Mandy Nolan, Feather, Moana Pearl, Gopi Lev Dupain, and Sarah Temporal among many others.
The event is sponsored by the Community Centre and all proceeds go to support women from Byron Shire who are escaping from intimate partner violence.
The Escape Fund finances women in crisis to pay for emergency accommodation, get locks changed, keeps women and children...
Two turtles that have spent months in rehabilitation at Australian Seabird Rescue in Ballina will be released at Byron Bays Main Beach tomorrow, just in time for Valentines Day.
And the group is using the event to promote a crowd funding campaign for Dolly, the largest turtle the ASR has ever had in care.
In late November, ASR received a phone call from north coast emergency vet about a sea turtle that had washed up at Lennox Head Surf Club.
The green sea turtle was floating and unable to submerge and had a small about of barnacle cover.
Named Elsie after a volunteers daughter, she was placed into intensive care and put on a course of antibiotics.
Soon after, Elsie went into ASRs tanks for some well-deserved Vitamin D before going into the pre-release tank were she was able to get rid of her float, and pigged out on some fresh squid. She is now two kilograms heavier that when she first came into care!
On December 9, Bruce from Brunswick Heads delivered a green sea turtle to ASR, which had been stranded on the beach.
Halsey was suffering from severe floating syndrome to the extent that she was actually on her side. She was incredibly lethargic.
But after a course of antibiotics, she started eating and her float slowly disappeared. Halsey shared the outside tank with Elsie and was placed into the pre-release tank shortly after and continued to pig out on squid with Elsie.
Australian Seabird rescue is a non-profit organisation that relies heavily on donations to keep rehabilitating sea turtles and seabirds. They currently have 10 turtles in care, including a 70-kilogram Hawksbill turtle, Dolly, one of the biggest sighted on the east coast of Australia.
The group needs to raise $7,000 for a satellite tracker that will provide data and help Dollys survival.
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At 10:40 am, Laila Ellmoos continues with Part 3 of Historic Events and How We Mark Them and this week we look at NAIDOC Week.
At 11:00 am, my special guest is Jackie Dunn, curator at AGNSW, to talk about the impossibly beautiful Lady and the Unicorn tapestries, just opened at the gallery. Learn about the layers of meaning within the tapestries and hear our special tips on what to look for things you may not have noticed unless they were pointed out to you. (They were pointed out to me!)
Music is mostly 16th century French.
A meeting last week with Byron Shire Council staff, councillors and Saddle Road, Mullumbimby, landowners has been reported differently by a proponent and opponent.
The contentious planning proposal and the staff recommendation against were removed from the December 14, 2017 Byron Shire Council meeting by senior staff to allow more consultation between planning staff and the proponents and the objectors.
The meeting comes after the council last year invited a planning proposal for Saddle Road land, known as Area 17 for affordable housing solutions.
The planning proposal for the entire ridgeline between Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads also includes an intentional community called Bruns Eco Village.
Matthew OReilly, representing Saddle Ridge Community Action Group (SRLAMPA), said there was little support for the planning proposal and that 26 landowners representing 17 different properties affected by the Planning Proposal were in attendance.
Mr OReilly says, The three property owners who have lodged the planning proposal also attended, but did not speak at the meeting. When a show of hands was called for those who support the proposal, no one put up their hands including the three land owners behind the proposal. By comparison, when a show of hands was called for in relation to those who opposed the planning proposal, almost the entire room put up their hands.
Bruns Eco Village have hijacked this process and have jumped on the affordable housing band wagon to push their development through...
A former employee of a medical supply company has been charged after allegedly fraudulently obtaining more than $1.2 million from the company.
Detectives from the Financial Crimes Squads Corporate Corruption Team commenced an investigation following reports payments had been made to various personal bank accounts after fraudulent and altered invoices were submitted between July 2015 and February 2017.
Following extensive inquiries, detectives met with a 25-year-old man at North Melbourne Police Station in Victoria yesterday (Monday 12 February 2018).
The South Yarra man was issued with a Future Court Attendance Notice for 39 counts of fraud.
Police will allege in court the man used his position of trust and managerial responsibilities to create fraudulent invoices or fraudulently alter invoices for payment into bank accounts he controlled.
He also allegedly used a company-issued credit card to make unauthorised and fraudulent payments to another company of which he was the sole director.
The total amount of the payments was $1,237,806.
He is due to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Monday 26 March 2018.
Inquiries are continuing.
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Singing for people with Parkinsons disease (PD) has been shown to have a number of therapeutic benefits including an increased sense of well being, reduced stigma and providing greater opportunities for social engagement according to new research by from Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre (QCRC) and Griffith University. People in China, South Korea and Australia participated in the Sing to beat Parkinsons research project. Seventy-five Australias participated in three of the groups held in Toowoomba, Kalangur and Brisbane City over a six month period.
As part of the Sing to Beat Parkinsons research Elizabeth Lord successfully facilitated the Brisbane at Southbank choir and found that she was able to co-create a repertoire with the group that we would add to each week, along with a range of fun and dynamic vocal warm up exercises and rounds.
Following on from this experience Elizabeth is now looking to start a local singing group for people with Parkinsons.
My hope is to establish fun and interactive singing groups in the northern rivers for people with parkinsons and their carers, said Elizabeth.
Previous singing experience is not necessary, the groups would run for weekly one-hour sessions in eight week blocks from March 2018. I am still looking into venues but anticipate this beginning in the Brunswick/Ocean Shores area and extending into other areas if the interest is there.
Elizabeths interest in PD is deeply personal as her father Ron Lord was diagnosed with the disease several years ago.
I have seen the impact that this progressive neurological disorder has had on his physical and mental state. The one thing Dad continues to enjoy is singing as it allows him to have some temporary respite from the symptoms of PD.
If you are interested in finding our more you can contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0426807260.
Tweed-Byron police have been forced to deny assaulting a woman they arrested at a Byron Bay beach yesterday (Monday, February 12) after mobile phone footage of the altercation was posted to social media and screened on TV.
The video appears to show a woman shouting and resisting arrest and a man shouting Zoe, just settle as police make several, increasingly forceful, attempts to arrest her under a casuarina tree on the beach near the Wreck.
As the police lead the woman away, she collapses on the beach steps after trying to break free from the two officers who are escorting her.
The man runs up behind the two officers and shouts, get the fuck off her; you just knocked her out.
Another man, possibly an off duty doctor or paramedic, kneels over the woman checking her vital signs.
The woman comes to and starts calling for Jesse before being led away.
Jaicey Revelle, who posted the video to the Byron Bay Community Board, said the woman, was hit with a closed fist by the female officer and was knocked unconscious for 30 seconds or more.
She added that the man who ran to defend her was hit by female police officer then pepper sprayed by male officer.
Tweed-Byron detective superintendent Wayne Starling told media he was, disappointed in a story run on one of the local television networks with mobile phone footage indicating that police assaulted a woman at Byron Bay.
In reality the policewoman has advised me that the woman was trying to bite her and she pushed her away.
This story has given the police haters in the community the opportunity to latch onto this story and could put our local community and police at risk, he said.
Police spoke to a number of people to identify those...
By Heather Callaghan, Editor
Just on the heels of reports that nursing home residents are inappropriately drugged into oblivion by antipsychotics new reports have surfaced about the abysmal condition of the food given to people in their golden years. It is reportedly worse than that of prisonersand even guinea pigs when the cost of the food is considered.
That is to say that all three meals for nursing home residents in Australia average $6.08 for the entire day. The news was dubbed as a national disgrace. While this revelation alone is enough to make anyone shudder, consider that the nursing home industry reaps in at least $1 billion dollars annually in Australia.
Keep in mind that symptoms of malnutrition can mirror those of dementia which would beg the question of whether residents are being misdiagnosed or drugged for symptoms that are actually food deprivation. A more sinister thing to ponder is whether food withholding is a slower form of end-of-life treatment.
BUCKLE UP AND GRAB YOUR BOARDIES ITS SUNDAY SURFDAY!
On Sunday February 25th Byron Bay Surf Festival is setting its compass to Australias most easterly point the tropo-dreamy shores of Wategos Beach, for a froth-filled day of sun, surf and salt water for the entire family! Once again, this years Freestyle & Stoke surf sessions will feature some of surfings best and most eccentric sliders, brand new progressive wave-riding categories, and for the second consecutive year, BBSF will host one of last years crowd favouritesthe McTavish Trim!!
THE SURF SESSIONS
Our Freestyle & Stoke categories are progressively one-of-a-kind, with a strong focus on artistic interpretation and style. These non-competitive events are decided by peer vote, with advantage awarded to those presenting their surfing with style, wave and equipment adaptability, flare and freestyling fun during each session! Invites are sent out for most sessions and fill quite fast. If an invitee doesnt show on the day, that invite goes open to the beach. So be ready!!
Registrations open on the beach at 7:00am with the first session kicking off at 8:00 am sharp!
8:00 8:30 am: Torpedoes (surfing the body)
8:30 9:00 am: Wood Sniffers presented by Wood Surf Co
9:00 10:00 am: McTavish Trim -presented by McTavish Surfboards
10:00 10:30 am: Finless Slide presented by RVCA
10:30 11:00 am: The Extraterrestrial Soft-board Experiment
11:00 11:30 am: Log invitational Invite only
11:30 am 12:00 pm: Mermaid Party presented by Atmosea.
12:00 12:30 pm: Ying/Yang
1:00 1:45 pm: Festival Party Wave Open to one and all!
California police investigating a violent white nationalist event worked with white supremacists in an effort to identify counter-protesters and sought the prosecution of activists with anti-racist beliefs, court documents show.
The records, which also showed officers expressing sympathy with white supremacists and trying to protect a neo-Nazi organizers identity, were included in a court briefing from three anti-fascist activists who were charged with felonies, after protesting at a Sacramento rally. The defendants were urging a judge to dismiss their case and accused California police and prosecutors of a cover-up and collusion with the fascists.
Defense lawyers said the case at the state capital offers the latest example of US law enforcement appearing to align with neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups, while targeting anti-fascist activists and Donald Trump protesters after violent clashes.
It is shocking and really angering to see the level of collusion and the amount to which the police covered up for the Nazis, said Yvette Felarca, a Berkeley teacher and anti-fascist organizer charged with assault and rioting after participating in the June 2016 Sacramento rally, where she said she was stabbed and bludgeoned in the head. The people who were victimized by the Nazis were then victimized by the police and the district attorneys.
Steve Grippi, chief deputy district attorney prosecuting the case in Sacramento, vehemently denied the claims of bias in an email to the Guardian...
Its always a difficult trading environment when one large market is closed (Japan Monday), but following last weeks volatility we have seen a quiet bounce-back in quieter conditions. That bounce-back has been more visible in US futures than Asian cash even with the Shanghai closing +0.8% firmer today. The KOPSI (+0.9%) and SENSEX also enjoyed a bounce today (+0.9%), but is being helped by a trending weaker INR. The Australian ASX, NZX and Hang Seng were all were all little changed (small negative) today, as financials weigh the ASX down and real-estate the HSI. Oil has helped a touch today, we saw a bounce after last weeks huge decline, also talk that IMF reports a recovering global economy. Dont think wed be too keen to run with that support for oil prices!
Following the late rally in the US from Friday and the fact that Asia was relatively well behaved, Europe opened 1% firmer and managed the maintain that bounce. Continued talks around Angela Merkel and coalition discussions, after she declares her wish to move forward. Also, much talk surrounding the announcement of the large hedge fund shorting European stocks. Worth keeping an eye on the currency play here also! BREXIT news was quiet but cant be that far away as GBP declines against the Euro. Barclays has been charged by the SFO related to the 2008 Qatar assistance deal. In the afternoon session we followed the strong US performance and closed near or on the days highs. Tomorrow will very much depend upon how the US finishes with Asia only a glancing reflection, given the holiday shortened week.
The DOW cash was already 200 points better at the opening and was to build from there. Just ahead of the close we were over 500 points higher, a day gain of 2.3% but also joined by the core. The VIX lost a little over 13%, last seen around 25.25. The mood was helped by Trumps infrastructure spending plan, but could also have been an excuse for bouncing prices. The 10year Treasury note fell (price terms) with yield hitting 2.87% taking yields back to recent lows. Oil did bounce initially but seems to have given much of that back in the last hour or so. A5 00 point move may seem constructive possibly excess but in the final 30 minutes we gave back nearly...
CANBERRA, AAP Barnaby Joyce will make a public statement addressing allegations of misbehaviour up to seven years ago, as his extra-marital relationship continues to make headlines.
He is coming under increasing fire over the affair, including by members of the gay community who have taken aim at the hypocrisy of him leading the charge against marriage equality.
New allegations against Mr Joyce, who is set to become acting prime minister next week, include that he sexually harassed women at social functions.
Liberal cabinet minister Dan Tehan has flagged the announcement after former Nationals leader John Anderson warned Mr Joyce his personal affairs were hurting the party and the government.
He will be making a statement sometime today, Mr Tehan told ABC TV on Tuesday.
No doubt he will set out his response to whats in the newspapers overnight I think that it is only right and proper to allow him to be able to refute the allegations, as I understand he will.
Its believed Mr Joyce will address media report alleging misbehaviour at official functions in 2011 and 2015 involving a number of women.
Mr Joyces leadership of the Nationals is in the spotlight after his relationship with former staffer Vikki Campion,33, was publicly exposed last week and questions began to be asked about her job appointments.
Ms Campion moved from the Nationals leaders office earlier last year to work for minister Matt Canavan, after the relationship became known, and then on the office of the Nationals whip Damian Drum.
There were rumours around the parliament that something was going on, but certainly at the time that Vikki came to work in my office, my understanding was that it was no longer an ongoing affair, Mr Drum told ABC radio.
Malcolm Turnbull told federal parliament on Monday the distribution of those staff members between Nationals offices is a matter for the National Party.
Mr Joyce had not breached ministerial standards in regard to the employment of family and partners because Ms Campion was not the deputy prime ministers partner at the time of her appointments, a spokesman said.
The statement of ministerial standards says close relatives and partners c...
Canadas $233 million arms sale of military combat helicopters to the Philippine government will enable and worsen the already dire human rights situation under the Duterte administration. We call on the Canadian people and Filipino migrants in Canada to oppose this arms deal and intensify support for human and peoples rights in the Philippines, said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, after the agreement between the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and Philippine military was announced on February 6, 2018.
Armed Forces of the Philippines Major Gen. Restituto Padilla said that the 16 Bell 412EPI choppers, which will be acquired by the Philippine military through the said arms deal, will be used for the Duterte administrations internal security operations against so-called Islamist and communist rebels.
In 2014, the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP)-Canada chapter raised questions on the announced sale of Canadas eight (8) Bell 421EPI helicopters to the Philippine Army. The Philippine Air Force said that three of the said choppers were commissioned for VIPs and five as combat utility helicopters for ground attacks and air assaults.
On March 26, 2017, ICHRP-Canada wrote to Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland expressing concern that the Philippine military may be using the helicopters for aerial bombings that occurred after Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to drop bombs on rebels and consider civilian casualties as collateral damage.
Under the Duterte administration, Karapatan has documented 356,304 civilians affected by aerial bombings in 46 incidents when such air strikes were launched, and 426,590 victims of forcible evacuation due to said bombings and military ground combat operations.
Such aerial bombings show the Duterte regimes complete disregard for peoples rights and international humanitarian law. Marawi City was pulverized to the ground through airstrikes, with civilians killed and homes of residents destroyed. Dutertes threats to bomb Lumad schools continue to hound indigenous and peasant communities in Mindanao. His militarist hubris comes not only from his governments fascist designs to suppress legitimate dissent, but also from the complicity and support by foreign governments that provide funds and arms used by the military and police to kill civilians and destroy whole communities, Palabay stated.
In the context of Dutertes sabotage of Philippine governments peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, his announced crackdown of progressive organizations whom he perceives as enemies of the State, the sell-out of ancestral...
1790 - Less than three months after Bennelong's capture, on 13
February 1790, Phillip passed on the names and locations of eight
coastal clans in a dispatch to Lord Sydney at the Home Office in
also told Phillip that one-half of those who inhabit this part of the country had died from smallpox.
1829 - Father Therry married John Hart and Mary Brooker at Five Islands, Illawarra.
1832 - Drumming the 3 R's into their heads, Kings School at Parramatta opened for business.
1837 - Two days after his arrival in Adelaide, John Barton Hack wrote in his diary:
"The thermometer is about 104 degrees in the shade and it is such a warm welcome we are rather overcome by it."
1858 - The Eli Lafont was a French barque having a rather rough time of it when she became stranded between two rocks near Black Head, Western Port. She was tootling from Hong Kong to Melbourne with a cargo of tea valued at about 30,000 but after an inspection by marine surveyors, the vessel was condemned, stores were removed, and the wreck abandoned.
1861 - The 4-man Burke party began their 700-mile return to Coopers Creek under constant rain.
1866 - The Infamous Parliamentary Mace that went on an extended tour of a brothel was first used in the Legislative Assembly.
1869 - This day was proclaimed a day of humiliation and prayer in NSW as people offered prayers for an end to the prolonged drought.
1888 - The Blayney - Demondrille Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Blayney - Cowra.
1896 The Brisbane River ferry Pearl capsized, killing 28. Foundered after collided with SS Lucinda in the Brisbane River this being one of the worst disasters in Queensland maritime history, and the worst to date. The Pearl was operating as a ferry as the Victoria Bridge was under repair after floods. The ferry struck the anchor chain of the Lucinda, and sank within a minute.
1898 - The ship Amy was wrecked somewhere off Thirroul, NSW on this day. Police found wreckage scattered over a wide area of beach and a lifeboat lying on the sand. Apparently when she struck, the crew lowered a man on a plank to try and take a line ashore, but the current was too strong. They then took to the rigging, but when she broke up all eight men were lost.
1907 The Northern Territory was transferred to the Commonwealth by South Australia.
1911 - New Guinea was a ship who ran ashore during a fog at Disaster Bay, half a mile from the Green Cape lighthouse. The ship slipped back into deep water and eventually became a total loss. The Sydney Court of Marine Inquiry decided that the master had erred in following the coast too close in, and sailing at full speed when fog had reduced visibility. She now lies between the wrecks of City...
AAP The king still reigns but if theres a succession plan in place, Matt Graham may just be the man for the job.
Graham became Australias first medallist of the 2018 Winter Olympics when he took silver behind the sports undisputed leader, Mikael Kingsbury of Canada.
Beating the Quebecois was always going to be an ask he is after all the most successful moguls skier of all time with 48 wins and six consecutive World Cup titles.
Last week Graham, 23, said he could win.
And on Monday night he skied like he believed it.
Taking smooth lines and landing deft tricks off the jumps all night, he showed enormous consistency to push through the first two finals in second and fourth.
Kingsbury offered some cause for hope his normally sublime turns just a touch off as he eventually moved into the six-man decider as the No.2 skier behind Japans Daichi Hara.
Third down the 250m bumps course, Graham delivered up his best run of the night, finishing with an off-axis 1080 and fist pump that suggested against almost any other skier he was a real gold medal show.
But not against Kingsbury.
He blew everyone away with a 86.63 run, leaving Graham to admit: No one can do it like he can.
Hara skied last and finished in third with 82.19.
Its been such a long year, I just wanted to have fun and feel loose and be able to put it down where it counts, Graham said.
Its a lot of hard years come to fruition.
Its been such a long year, I just wanted to have fun and feel loose and be able to put it down where it counts, Graham said.
Its a lot of hard years come to fruition.
Hed picked up four medals this season but in two of his last three World Cup starts had an 11th and 13th.
Coach Steve Desovich admitted this was no walk-up medal.
The tide seemed to turn there once he got going until tonight he was in a bit of a slump with both aspects turns and jumps, Desovich admitted...
Deputy Mayor of Ballina, Keith Williams, has announced he will seek pre-selection for the Labor Party to contest the State seat of Ballina.
Cr Williams, well known for his work with local conservation groups, said he was concerned the obvious failings of the current Greens Party MP could see the seat slip back to the National Party, unless there was a strong alternative candidate with impeccable environmental and community credentials.
Ive been actively involved in conservation and community efforts since my university days studying Environmental Science. I have been a professional advocate for community legal centres, mental health and palliative care services and have worked in the ecotourism industry and as a professional yacht Captain. Since living in Ballina I have planted more trees, eradicated more weeds and rescued more wildlife than any current MP in State Parliament.
Cr Williams described claims by the Greens that only they could protect the environment as absolute rubbish.
If this was true, why have we seen environmental protections wound back, National Parks gutted and planning laws become a plaything for mining companies and property developers? The strategy of turning every environmental problem into a partisan political issue has actually taken us backwards over the last twenty years.
As a community sector worker for more than twenty five years and a councillor for the last five, I know the value of working together, of finding common ground and seeking positive solutions. Whether the issue at hand is renewable energy, funding for our schools and hospitals, making housing more affordable or creating sustainable employment opportunities, we need to bring the talents and expertise of our community together and support them with good policy and the resources available to State Governments.
I want to represent the Labor Party because first and foremost, I care about people.
He dismissed the Nationals as more akin to a protection racket than a political party.
Its a game of mates for them. Back your donors and supporters and bugger...
Hard times we are living in today. Job security has been going out the window as more work is casualised. The public sector, was once regarded as the securest of all. It is no more. Ongoing privatisation has made sure of this and this has hit in a big way in New South Wales.
This is the environment in which school cleaners were faced with an ultimatum. Give up the terms and conditions of their employment. Or fight back. They took up the second option and with the support of their union, waged an ongoing campaign to win public support and embarrass the state government.
It has brought results. They have won a guarantee of job security from the state government. This is great news, in a climate where this is not always so easy to find.
Getting to this point has involved a long campaign against the intransigence of the same government, which had forced 7,0000 cleaners to re-apply for their own jobs, with no guarantees and no promise of ongoing security.
But the campaign was relentless and drew widespread community support around Australia. Many of us signed the petition.
The turn around came last Friday, when the union (Unite) met with the Finance Minister Victor Dominello and an agreement was reached.
Every affected cleaner has been given a job guarantee and will no longer be forced to re-apply for their jobs and have an ongoing job in the new contract. The inclusion of an hours guarantee means that working hours will no longer be slashed. Protections will be put in place around sub-contracting, to overcome the problem of dodgy contractors and wage theft.
The biggest threat to cleaners since the service was privatised 24 years ago has been defeated.
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It appears Malka Leifer, an alleged sex-offending school headmistress at a Jewish School in Melbourne Australia, who fled Australia ten years ago before Australian authorities could jail her, will be extradited to Australia to face court.
13 February 2018
Israeli police have re-arrested Malka Leifer, the former Melbourne school principal who is wanted in Victoria on 74 charges of child sexual abuse, alleging she faked a mental illness in order to avoid extradition to Australia.
Ms Leifer is accused of sexually abusing several pupils while she was a teacher and principal at the ultra-orthodox Adass Israel girls school in Melbourne.
In 2008, when the allegations were first raised, Ms Leifer fled to Israel. She was then arrested by Israel police in 2014 when Australia filed a request for her extradition.
Ms Leifer was released on bail and managed to avoid every single one of her extradition hearings in the last three years, claiming she suffered from panic attacks and anxiety and was too unwell to face the court.
Two weeks ago, she again claimed mental illness during her most recent appearance before a psychiatric review board.
Most pedophiles are men. Women pedophiles are rare.
The case below in Melbourne, Australia is ongoing and I thought Id bring this case to the attention of my readers because it shows how a female pedophile exploits their position of trust and how they groom their victims.
ABC New Australia
7 April 2016
Malka Leifer manipulated us: Alleged paedophile who preyed on secretive Jewish community
Somewhere in an ultra-Orthodox enclave of Israel, former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer continues to evade extradition to face criminal charges in Australia. Now one of her alleged victims speaks out for the first time.
By Sophie McNeill
A severe thunderstorm that hit the city of Brisbane, Queensland Sunday night (local time), February 11, 2018, left 130 000 homes without power, produced some 265 000 lightning strikes and dropped up to tennis ball-sized hail on the region. At least one person was...... Read more
First of all- my YouTube has been down for quite awhile.
Secondly- this demand is the SAME demand Doug Mesner has made- that I make a public apology to Mesner. This will never happen as I will NOT apologize for telling the truth.
And I am one of a MYRIAD of people who have spoken out about Michael Aquino- by his own admission as he tells everyone that his accusers speak against him because they have weird sex fantasies about him. I kid you not.
With all of the attacks against me- I just see this as more validation as to what I have said.
As a famous Col. known as Col. Michael Aquino- founder of the Satanic cult Temple of Set who was named in the abuse scandal in the 80s at the Presidio of San Francisco- who has NEVER been investigated due to national security- who has had MYRIADS of people call him out for horrific abuse- one needs to wonder why he seems so threatened by a nobody like myself.
And Aquino- I wouldnt hold my breath for an apology. Any more than Doug Mesner should
Oh and Max Spears called out Aquino and now from what I understand his death is being investigated as a murder- so if anything should happen to me considering these Directed Energy Weapons the Air Force told Congress in 2006 about havent brought me down thus far- Aquno would be the first person I would go too- Doug Mesner being the second one.
EXCLUSIVE: About to fall on his sword as he stumbles around in an alcohol soaked miasma from personal disaster to political calamity and back again, True Crime News Weekly can now reveal that Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce allegedly engaged in a potentially corrupt sexual affair with one of the most powerful political lobbyists in Canberra
The worlds oceans could become uninhabitable for cold-water corals by the end of the century as a result of ocean acidification, research suggests.
Ocean acidification, which occurs as seawater takes up CO2 from the atmosphere, could threaten around 70% of cold-water coral living below 1,500 metres in the North Atlantic Ocean by 2050, the research finds.
Acidified waters that accumulate in the North Atlantic could then be circulated to the global seas via a system of ocean currents, the lead author tells Carbon Brief, which could have consequences for reefs across the world.
The findings reiterate how many coral reefs could dissolve and crumble as the world continues to warm, another scientist tells Carbon Brief.
Cold-water corals make up more than half of known coral species in the world. They are found in deep, dark parts of the worlds oceans in both the northern and southern hemisphere. They can thrive at depths of up to 2,000 metres and in water temperatures as low as 4C.
Unlike tropical corals, cold-water corals do not rely on colourful algae for their food. Instead, cold-water coral feed on floating plankton.
However, both tropical and cold-water coral species are threatened by a process known as ocean acidification, which occurs as seawater absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere.
The oceans have absorbed around 30% (pdf) of the CO2 released by human activity since the industrial revolution. This has caused oceans, which are alkaline, to become more acidic over time. The overall pH of seawater has fallen from around 8.2 to 8.1 from pre-industrial times to the present day.
This change has altered the levels of a type of calcium carbonate known as aragonite in seawater. Some types of coral, known as hard coral, have tough outer skeletons that are made out of this substance.
The way that children are treated in the US is a scandal.
Despite all the talk of family values and Christian morality, the
reality is that many children are treated poorly. One measure is
Infant mortality rates in the US are terrible given its wealth.
Other indicators of concern for children are measures of pre-natal
and post-natal care for mothers and children and the availability
of low-cost quality day care.
In the United States, the most common causes of infant mortality are congenital malformations and disorders associated with low birth-weight and short gestation.
The fact that the United States has the highest infant mortality is not because of a lack of specialists or facilities for neonatal births; on the contrary, America has more neonatologists and neonatal intensive care beds per person than Australia, Canada, or the United Kingdom.
As with other health metrics, Americas relative performance is declining. In 1960, the United States had the twelfth lowest infant mortality rate in the world. By 1990, we had dropped to twenty-third, and we sank to thirty-fourth in 2008. Our high infant mortality rate evidences the economic, ethnic, and racial disparities referred to earlier. For example, in 2005, African-American infants suffered a death rate of 13.63 per 1,000 births, more than twice the national average. The CDCs 2004 world rankings indicate that an African-American baby would have a better chance of survival if born in Russia or Bulgaria than in the United States.
The problem in the US is, of course, that people cannot afford to access these services because politicians dont really give a damn about providing poor people with good health care.
The continuing cuts in funding for health care and in aid to needy families have had serious adverse effects on the welfare of children. So it was a welcome change to read Ada Chvez and Ryan Grims account of something that passed in Congress with little notice because it was tucked into the recent legislation to keep the government open that changed the existing system in which children are taken away from their families (where their situation was not good) and placed in foster care group homes (where it might be even worse).
They describe the problem that case workers faced in which they had to choose between two unpalatable options.
Imagine the situation from the perspective of a caseworker: you see a parent struggling with her housing...
New Delhi: Ignoring his nearly five-decade-long association with India, both as a diplomat and as a senior official of the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), which is part of Switzerlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the government of India unceremoniously deported 75-year-old Kurt Vogele when he landed in Ahmedabad on January 22.
The decision to deport him is seen to be linked to the SDCs funding of the Navsarjan Trust, which has been championing the cause of the Dalits in Gujarat and elsewhere. Another colleague of Vogele, Josef Imfeld, who was also at the Swiss Embassy in Delhi from 2000 to 2005 and who was mainly in charge of regional programmes of SDC, was also denied an entry visa for India.
In a detailed letter dated January 29, 2018, addressed to Sibi George, the Indian Ambassador in Switzerland, Vogele wrote that he had an awfully bad experience as his visa, which I had obtained by end of December 2017 in Berne, was rejected by the immigration officials.
Stating that no specific reason was given for denial of entry, he wrote: I was just told that I had no right to enter India, that I was blacklisted and that I had to return to Switzerland immediately.
Vogele said he found thi...
Share this Post Richard Weston is a descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait and is the CEO of The Healing Foundation. He has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for more than 20 years, 14 of these in Indigenous controlled health services in Far West New South Wales and Queensland I remember on the day of ...
I received this email this morning- suggesting this idiot is in Omaha now I guess. One has to ask what the point is. If I am not a threat- why cant this group just leave me alone?
But on a better note- a prayer was answered as my friend in Seattle woke yesterday with no brain damage. That was a huge gift.
Prayer works- generally not in the time frame we would like and sometimes not in the ways we expect- but it DOES work.
Omaha is once again talking about what happened in the 80s and people are nowhere as naive as they were back then. THAT is why I am such a threat to these people- as some incredibly powerful people were involved in some amazingly bad things- and I am BY FAR not the only person who knew about it and was aware.
What separates me is that I am the first to overcome my fear and start speaking HONESTLY about what really happened. That is why they are obsessively after me wanting to shut me up.
And that may or may not happen but regardless- it wont change the truth. Nor will it change the fact that more than just me know about what occurred. And as much as they would like to think so- they cant kill everyone in Omaha who has info about what really happened
Share this Post Dameyon Bonson, a Mangarayi and Torres Strait Islander man, based in the Kimberley. He has a keen interest in social enterprise and value based market economics. His expertise includes Indigenous suicide prevention and strategising Male health engagement. He is the founder of Black Rainbow Living Well and YFRONTS. Lets dive straight in: What it heterosexism? It is the ...
The question is no longer if Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce had other affairs with staff and associates but how many and when will the old media report it. Whats worse is that there are also unchallenged allegations of sexual assault by Barnaby Joyce and in one case that Barnaby Joyce stalked a 17 year-old-girl 
Mining malware is spreading like wildfire, every week now we run another story on some platform or other falling victim to it. As cryptocurrencies become far more lucrative than ransomware or identity theft incidents of exploits will only increase. Various governmental departments in Australia and the UK were found frantically calling the tech guys over the weekend as their websites were compromised.
According to the Guardian as many as 5,000 websites were infected with a variant of the Coinhive mining malware. In the UK they included websites of National Health Services, the Student Loans Company, and several English councils in addition to the UKs data protection watchdog, the Information Commissioners Office. They have all been taken offline to deal with the issue.
The malicious miner came from a compromised plugin called BrowseAloud which enables blind and partially sighted people read content on websites. The script had the same operation as has been seen many times before; hijacking the machines hardware to mine for Monero. XMR is the number one crypto currency for criminals now since it is encrypted and anonymous leaving no trace to the destination wallets.
Plugin authors, Texthelp, took their own website offline to patch the compromised software;
The company has examined the affected file thoroughly and can confirm that it did not redirect any data, it simply used the computers CPUs to attempt to generate cryptocurrency, The exploit was active for a period of four hours on Sunday. The Browsealoud service has been temporarily taken offline and the security breach has already been addressed,
The security consultant who documented the attack told media;
This type of attack isnt new but this is the biggest Ive seen. A single company being hacked has meant thousands of sites impacted across the UK, Ireland and the United States. There were ways the government sites could have protected themselves from this. It may have been difficult for a small website, but I would have thought on a government website we should have expected these defence mechanisms to be in place.
Australian government websites using the same plugin were also compromised. They included the Victoria parliament, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Queensland ombudsman, the Queensland Community Legal Centre, and the Queensland legislation website.
The company is rolling out the mandatory breaks in the U.S. nationwide, reports TechCrunch. From now on, the Uber driving app will automatically lock drivers out of it if they have been on the road for 12 hours or more without taking a rest break of at least 6 hours. The move is being made
The company is rolling out the mandatory breaks in the U.S. nationwide, reports TechCrunch. From now on, the Uber driving app will automatically lock drivers out of it if they have been on the road for 12 hours or more without taking a rest break of at least 6 hours. The move is being made to combat drowsy driving and driver fatigue, which can cause fatal car accidents. Uber estimates the new policy wont affect most of its drivers, as 60% of them dont even drive more than 10 hours each week. Uber has previously rolled out similar safety restrictions in Australia, which is what the new American-based safety restriction feature is based on.
A Citizen Science group based in Maules Creek, near Narrabri, has been in Adelaide presenting at the national Australian Citizen Science Conference about the air pollution problems in coal mine affected communities in the NorthWest.
The Leard Forest Research Node has conducted dust monitoring in the vicinity of Maules Creek coal mine and Boggabri township, concluding that the current self-reporting by Whitehaven Coal does not reflect the lived experience of residents who experience excessive dust from open cut coal mines and uncovered coal train wagons.
Like other environmental groups, the LFRN has been critical of the high number of negative dust readings reported by Whitehaven Coal at its Maules Creek monitoring station, sometimes being up to 30% according to LFRN researcher Ms Amelie Vanderstock who last year won the University Medal for Science at the University of Sydney for her work on mine dust pollution in the Maules Creek-Boggabri area.
My research revealed that more dust was deposited on the leaves of tomato plants along a 12 km transect closer to the Maules Creek, than was deposited further from the mine, she said. Yet Whitehaven argues that the dust is coming towards the mine from farms, forest and the outback.
Another controversial aspect of Maules Creek mine reporting is the very high number of negative dust readings, which the NSW EPA appears to condone.
The excuse for this high number of negative readings is that the air is too clean and causes the equipment to malfunction, said Ms Vanderstock. However the number of negative values at Shenhuas Breeza proposed mine where there is currently no mine is less than half of that at Maules Creek. Obviously the air too clean theory requires further investigation
The 24-hour average PM10 concentrations self-reported by the company are often significantly low. Looking at all the monitoring data collected by the EPA in 45 locations around NSW, there are very few 24-hour average PM10 concentrations as low as Maules Creek, even in agricultural regions that have no open cut coal mines, said Ms Vanderstock.
There are many troubling question marks about the companys self-reporting. The community has taken matters into its own hands and is now obtaining answers via the independent community science we do at Leard Forest Research Node, said Ms Vanderstock.
Keynote Speaker at the conference was the Australian Chief Sc...
If dying rock stars was the worst thing about 2016 then things must have been very comfortable back then. 2017 has been a bit of a shocker. It could not have been a worse start really with the hapless Trump maladministration getting underway. Trump and his rapidly disintegrating band of cronies has been [...]
The fraudster Raymond Ernest Crake appears to be a piece of work. He was recently convicted in Western Australia over a $230,000 false invoicing fraud. The judge said Crake's conduct "involved significant corruption and large amounts of money - the corruption was very high". Now he's popped up in Bali...
The following fact sheets provide information on
telecommunication costs for specific SA electorates within the
regions that they sit.
All of Regional SA
The South Australian Council of Social Service has today
released its latest Cost of Living Update which shows that South
Australians spend more on telecommunications than on electricity -
and that like electricity costs, the cost of telecommunications hit
those on the lowest incomes hardest.
The SACOSS report, which is based on the official ABS Household Expenditure Survey data, shows that while telecommunications prices have been decreasing (unlike electricity!), telecommunications expenditure has increased with higher demand as government, businesses and culture all increasingly move online.
The US recently included India in its shifting Asia Pacific policy, as part of its Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (often referred to as the Quad). The Quad also includes Australia and Japan along with the United States itself.
The nascent alliance is openly arrayed against China, with member states openly declaring their intent to contribute toward containing Beijings activities in the region and compete against Chinese efforts to establish greater ties with its immediate neighbors. This includes Japan and Australia pledging to more aggressively patrol the South and East China Seas.
For Indias part, it seeks to become a greater power within the Indian Ocean. Additionally, New Delhi has increasingly postured its military against China against the backdrop of greater tensions along the Chinese-Indian border.
China appears to be pursuing its own strategy to break out of the Quads containment policy, including measures to place India in check.
Beijings Pakistan to Washingtons India
Part of this strategy includes growing ties between Beijing and Islamabad. This includes a number of major joint infrastructure projects across Pakistan. Collectively known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the ambitious network of projects connects Gwadar port in Pakistans Balochistan province on the Arabian Sea with the Pakistani-Chinese border near the western Chinese province of Xinjiang.
Railways and roads provide China with access to the
Arabian Sea, eliminating the need to move certain goods past
Singapore and through the Strait of Malacca.
CPEC also includes a gas pipeline from Gwadar to Nawabshah which will eventually enable gas imports from Iran.
Beyond CPEC, China is also building power plants across Pakistan, developing stronger ties between various Chinese and Pakistani industries and institutions and developing closer Chinese-Pakistani military ties.
Chinese-Pakistani military tie...
THERE SHOULD BE NO EXTINGUISHMENT OF NATIVE TITLE WITHOUT OUR CONSENT
On 22 December 2017 the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council wrote to
The QLD Premier,
The Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, and
The Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
The W&J Council received its most recent mandate at a meeting of the W&J claim group on 2 December 2017. The letter informed the Government that the W&J claim group opposes the Adani Mining Pty Ltd project because of the damage that it will cause to the culture, and the lands and waters, of the Wangan and Jagalingou People.
W&J council also oppose the registered Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Adani Mining Pty Ltd purported to be authorised by the Wangan and Jagalingou People in controversial circumstances (the Adani ILUA).
Share this Post Dr Paul Gray is a Wiradjuri man and Executive Leader of Strategy, Policy and Engagement at AbSec (Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat), the peak body for Aboriginal children and families in NSW. Prior to working at AbSec, Paul worked in various roles with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. He was an inaugural ...
Last Friday night in Melbourne, I interviewed Pink Floyds Roger Waters alongside Palestinian writer Randa Abdel-Fattah. The event was organised by the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network. Waters is in Australia on his massive Us and Them world tour (which I saw on Saturday night and it was one of the most spectacular music performances Ive ever seen).
The Q&A was a unique public event, over 500 people attended, and we discussed the Middle East, Donald Trump, Palestine and his politics over decades. He was frank, funny and refreshingly down to earth. Unsurprisingly, Australian, pro-Israel politician Michael Danby condemned the event, including my involvement, but got both my names wrong in his press release.
Full video of the evening is coming soon but in the meantime heres a story from popular music website, Noise 11:
Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters gave his time for the Australia Palestine Advocate Network in Melbourne on Friday and while explaining the issues between Palestine and Israel also took aim at a number of his fellow artists Elton John, Thom Yorke, Steven Tyler, Steve Van Zandt and Nick Cave.
Roger Waters has been working tirelessly since 2006 to try and bridge peace between Palestine and Israel after being confronted by Israeli fans at one of his concerts in Tel Aviv after calling on them to make peace with their neighbours 12 years ago.
Ever since he has campaigned for musicians to boycott performances in Israel and recently praised Lorde for doing so. However, he hasnt had the same reaction from others.
In Melbourne, Roger Waters sat down for a Q&A for the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN).
During his talk for APAN Waters called Thom Yorke a self-obsessed, narcissistic, drippy little prick and Elton John Queen Mum. He also called out Nick Cave for saying he was bullying him, said fuck you to Steve Van Zandt and referred to Steven Tyler as an old lady.
Waters has been spreading the message to help mend the Middle East situation after that personal confrontation at his gig....
A lunchtime swim nearly ended in disaster on Monday after a woman was caught in a powerful rip before being rescued by lifeguards north of Brunswick Heads.
Two women believed to be in their 30s were swimming at New Brighton Beach when they got into difficulty shortly before 12:30pm.
One of the women was able to scramble back onto the bank and make her way to shore but the second was not so fortunate and was carried out almost 150 metres by a powerful current.
The first swimmer who had escaped the rip was able to raise the alarm by contacting emergency services, with the State Operations Centre notified of the incident shortly afterwards.
Lifesaving assets were immediately tasked to the scene including the Australian Lifeguard Service jetski from Byron Bay, the Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) from Brunswick Heads SLSC, the Far North Coast Support Operations jet ski, as well as police and paramedics.
Lifeguards were able to locate the woman and get her back to shore safely.
She was assessed by paramedics but did not require further treatment and emerged from her ordeal relatively unscathed.
Conditions at the time have been described as potentially unstable with the moderate swell a challenge for swimmers.
Far North Coast Duty Officer Jimmy Keough praised the responding agencies for their prompt response, and said lifesavers are bracing themselves for a busy week
With the hot weather expected over the next couple of days our lifesaving assets are on standby for a busy time on our beaches.
We would like to encourage everyone thinking about making the most of the conditions to swim at Main Beach Byron Bay, Lennox, or Kingscliff which are the only three Far North Coast beaches currently patrolled by lifeguards during the week, Mr Keough said.
My film Disaster Capitalism, with director Thor Neureiter and co-producers Media Stockade, is screening publicly soon.
Last weekend I was interviewed by Hugh Riminton on Australias ABC Radio National Sunday Extra program about it:
When war or disaster strikes, we assume our aid contributions are life-saving, or at the very least will help rebuild countries and shattered communities. But some say trade works better than aid. Antony Loewenstein spent six years examining nations that have been pulled apart by conflict and disaster, and hes produced Disaster Capitalism, a documentary currently being shown on limited release.
Peter Fitzsimons and mate - opposed to a constitutional monarchy, unless it comes with a free house and car package Kim Beazley backed by Peter FitzSimons to be new governor or WA Kim Beazley during the WA Labor Launch at Perth Arena. 19 FEBRUARY 2017 Picture: Danella Bevis The West...
Last week (February 8, 2018), we witnessed the US Senate
spectacle with Rand Paul embarrassing himself with his lack of
economic knowledge but also embarrassing both major parties the
Republicans for their gross hypocrisy and the Democrats for their
gross idiocy. The
Congressional Record of Pauls speech (starting S817) is a
classic. Also, last week, the stables were stirring apparently, as
the bond vigilantes were strapping on their saddles and getting
ready to make the US government suffer for its so-called fiscal ill
discipline. These characters apparently emerge out of the darkness
of fiscal profligacy to defend our interests and force the
government to run surpluses. Fantasy stuff all round. In fact, Rand
Paul should resign and get a job he is more suited for (which would
be?) and the bond vigilantes should make sure their Shetland ponies
are not to wild for them. These bond traders play this elaborate
game of bluff and pretend they have the power over the government.
In fact, they are mendicants queuing up for their daily dollop of
corporate welfare and the government could play them out of the
game anytime it chose to. The problem is that the bluff works
because governments are captive to the neoliberal nonsense that my
Before addressing the vigilantes, consider the ravings of Rand Paul, which allow us to articulate key Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) principles.
1. Paul said among other things:
The reason I am here tonight is to put people on the spot. I want people to feel uncomfortable. I want them to have to answer people at home who ask: How come you were against President Obamas deficits, and then how come you are for Republican deficits? Isnt that the very definition of intellectual dishonesty? If you were against President Obamas deficits and now you are for the Republican deficits, isnt that the very definition of hypocrisy?
Answer to both questions: YES.
That was quick. No discussion is required.
2. Then he said:
Dont you remember when Republicans howled to high heaven that President Obama was spending us into the gutter, spending us into oblivion? Now the Republicans are doing the same thing.
No, they are not. Obamas stimulus saved jobs as well as lined the pockets of the rich. The current stimulus is just lining the pockets of the rich.
Gutter? Which gutter was that? I thought the US economy grew out of the GFC on the back of the stimulus.
Oblivion? Which oblivion is that?
3. Channelling George W. Bush, Paul said:...
Three Tweed Shire Council workers received minor injuries while picking up dumped toxic rubbish last month, prompting an appeal from the council for people to do the right thing with their rubbish.
The workers were splashed with and inhaled fumes from a chemical, thought to be hydrochloric acid, while removing an illegally dumped pile of rubbish along Clothiers Creek Road.
The chemical involved in the incident was stored in a plain, white, 5L plastic container with no warning labels.
On inspection after the incident the container was found to be bubbled and showed signs of chemical reaction.
The councils Manager Infrastructure Delivery Tim Mackney said the incident, which occurred just prior to Christmas, could have resulted in tragic outcomes for those involved.
Thankfully on this occasion these workers avoided severe injuries but that doesnt alter the fact that this substance could have been taken to the tip by the residents and disposed of safely for free which would have avoided all risks, Mr Mackney said.
He pointed out that Tweed residents can take up to 20L of household chemicals to the permanent chemical collection facility at Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre for free, all-year-round.
Products such as pesticides, herbicides and poisons, solvents and household cleaners, pool chemicals, acids and alkalis and hobby chemicals, are accepted at Stotts Creek and then sent away to be processed safely, with some broken down and recycled for use in other products.
The councils Coordinator Waste Management Rod Dawson said the number of illegal dumping issues they have been dealing with were stretching the council resources.
We dont have crews standing by to pick up illegally dumped rubbish which means these workers are pulled off other jobs, Mr Dawson said.
Im sure the ratepayers of Tweed Shire would rather they were doing what they are being paid for than picking up rubbish and causing delays to community projects.
He said households with red wheelie bin services which require a kerbside bulk rubbish collection can call 02 6670 2400 or book online at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/householdcleanup.
A full list of ma...
Why do they endorse this disaster? What a stupid strategy. Turnbull owns this now - he could have and should have walked away from it. Every day we fail to reverse course costs us dearly. NBN Co Limited continues to deliver, with strong half year results MC 08/18 Senator the...
The Australian game industrys reaction to the government response has been primarily one of frustration. While many senate inquiries receive no response at all, and the Abbott and Turnbull governments have never shown interest in supporting Australian videogame developers, the response nevertheless disappointed a burgeoning industry that has long struggled for recognition.
I dont think we can ignore the fact that fast fashion is an exploitive and environmentally detrimental business. Statistics show that were buying and subsequently discarding more clothes than ever before.
Australians throw away six tonnes of clothing every ten minutes. Once in landfill, fabrics like polyester and lycra (hello, activewear!) can take up to 200 years to decompose, releasing harmful methane gas in the process. Entire waterways in Asia are blue because of the excess dye leaching from denim manufacturers. These fast fashion clothes are made by underpaid labourers who work in awful conditions. There is a multitude of ethical and environmental problems with this scenario. It is, most definitely, an eco-crisis.
Social media has worked wonders for prompting transparency in the fashion industry. Hence Ive been reading up on everything #ethicalfashion of late, a natural progression from my research on single-use plastic and food waste.
And so here I am, more intent than ever to purchase #clothingwithaconscience, take care of every item in my wardrobe and ultimately lessen my fas...
EXCLUSIVE: A high-profile Melbourne barrister and member of the Victorian Bar, Peter H Clarke, is currently under police investigation while a restraining order has also been sought against the lawyer following an alleged homophobic assault last December, a day before new laws were enacted in Australia allowing gay people to get married. As well as
After nearly five years of fear, violence and limbo, 22 refugees yesterday left Nauru to fly to safety in the United States as part of the US refugee resettlement deal. However, over 1800 people - including 150 children - are still languishing in desperate and dangerous conditions across Manus and Nauru, a situation the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has called a humanitarian crisis of Australias own making.
Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said:
Finally, these 22 refugees will wake up tomorrow in freedom & safety. But 1800 others will awake to the same miserable limbo they've confronted every morning for the last 4.5 years.Daniel Webb (@DanielHRLC) February 12, 2018
Every single man, women & child on #Manus & #Nauru deserves the chance to rebuild their lives. https://t.co/7AtRXi9aue
The tragic reality is that hope for a handful doesnt end the suffering of those left behind. Its great that these 22 people will tomorrow wake up in freedom and safety. But over 1800 others will awake to the same painful limbo that has confronted them every morning for the last four and a half years, said Mr Webb.
These 22 people deserve their freedom and safety. But so do the 1800 others still languishing in limbo.
This is the fourth group of refugees to be given safety under the fraught deal, which has been dogged by delays, confusion and travel bans and resentment from US President Donald Trump.
In signing the US deal our government was rightly conceding that it couldn't just abandon people on Nauru and Manus forever. It is our Governments responsibility to make sure not a single person is left behind,
Earlier this year, the UNHCR reported on a worsening sense of helplessness and hopelessness among asylum-seekers and refugees at all facilities on Manus Island.
More than 1600 refugees have formally expressed interest in being resettled in the US, and the UNHCR have endorsed applications for over 1200 men, women and children. It has widely been reported that only 1250 places will be offered but it is unknown exactly if or when others will follow and what the Australian Governments plan is for those left behind.
This dark chapter in our history does not close - this painfu...
Bill Shorten promises Nauru and manus detention centres will be closed under a Labor government. #ged4batman #BatmanVotes Clifton Hill Labor (@CliftonHillALP) February 11, 2018
It was just after 10am on Saturday and around 150 protestors were assembling to make their voices heard to what can only be described as a catastrophe in waiting the massive West Byron development, which would be located opposite the Arts and Industry estate.
A car screeches to a halt on the always busy Ewingsdale Road after local journalist-activist Jim Beatson sat down, obstructing traffic.
The driver of a shiny, dust free large late model SUV with QLD number plates begins honking. Then in a fit of rage, the driver jumps out of his expensive spotless car and screams, Im a local too! Beatson asks him to drive around him, which he then does, aggressively.
Such a scene sums up how divisive the West Byron project is, and later on protestors gathered on the road to remind motorists what they could expect when the development is approved.
A development application (DA) by a group of local and QLD developers to plonk a massive high density suburb on wetlands has been roundly criticised there are no assurances by the developers own traffic report that Ewingsdale Road will not become more congested as a result.
Additionally, many key principles of Byron Shire Councils
planning have been ignored says former mayor and MLC Jan Barham.
Those planning instruments were remarkably over ridden by the state
government in an attempt to give the developers a clear passage to
There has been no investigation yet into the relationship between the developers and the NSW state government.
Local MLC Ben Franklin (Nationals), whose government interfered against community wishes, is yet to reply to Echonetdailys questions.
The two development applications (DAs) on public exhibition for the West Byron have been extended by Council until March 30.
One DA is from local landowners, while the other is from QLD-based corporation Villaworld, whose DA was previously rejected.
Submission on DA 10.2017.661.1 and on the re-exhibited Villaworld DA 10.2017.201.1 need to be made by March 30. Submissions should also be clearly marked with the DA number. Email email@example.com.
Visit www.byronresidentsgroup.org for more info.
Tyagarah residents told a meeting on Thursday they are pleased to see the change in behaviour at the areas clothing-optional beach, which they say had become a hotspot for sexual predators.
But activist Dean Jefferys, who organised the meeting with police, residents, naturists and Byron Shire Cr Sarah Ndiaye, said the police needed to show more tolerance towards people skinny-dipping outside Byrons only clothing optional area.
Skinny dippers hassled
Tyagarah resident Gwen Gould, herself a skinny dipper, told Echonetdaily, Im 77 in two weeks and I get hassled.
The police presence and actions have improved things majorly. We as locals all feel really grateful to the police for the job they are doing. People are asking for discretion but then that makes [the police] judge and jury, she said.
Nude aint rude but sexual harassment is unacceptable.
Since becoming clothes-optional Tyagarah beach has become a parade ground of overt aggressive sexual display and harassment, unsafe for ordinary folk just wanting to enjoy time at the beach.
Ms Gould said police were now making every effort to make it safe again and have the support of the Tyagarah residents.
We want our beach back again free of predators.
As locals we need to respect what the police are doing for us, she said.
Right now they have to come down hard because of the history of the area and even thought it is so much better there are still sexual predators there.
It will take time to resolve all these issues and make the are safe for everyone again and the police are doing a great job, Ms Gould said.
Mr Jefferys said police indicated they had to come down hard early on to make an impact.
Weve heard they dont want to be arresting people naked on the beach but they want to create the biggest possible impact, letting the perpetrators know that they wont tolerate it anymore, he told Echonetdaily.
I wouldnt be surprised if they back down a little bit.
Sir Nicholas Shehadie improved everything he was involved with. He improved rugby as Wallaby captain, improved our city as Lord Mayor and even managed to improve SBS as its chairman. He radiated warmth and was perfectly at home in a boardroom or a bar. 1/2 Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) February...
Kevin "self-confessed-global-genius" Rudd has been kind enough to offer us some guidance today. By the way, have you noticed he doesn't have an AC and Julia Gillard does have an AC? How did that happen Kevin? Does it annoy you mate?
As Chairman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and on behalf of your Melanesian brothers and sisters just across the border, I am appealing to all activists and solidarity groups in PNG for your urgent help.
The ULMWP will be representing our people at the Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders Summit taking place in Port Moresby next week and seeking full Membership for West Papua. The time is right to see the Melanesian community welcome their brothers and sisters in West Papua as equals and we need you to raise your voices in solidarity to ensure our message is heard.
The West Papuan people continue to suffer brutality at the hands of our oppressors daily. International experts are in agreement that what is taking place is nothing less than a genocide against indigenous Papuans. Without intervention, our people will not only soon be a minority, they will also be in very real danger of being wiped out entirely. I urge you to join with us as Melanesians to do everything in your power to stand up for the survival of West Papuans, for the children of the next generation, before its too late.
The MSG has long been founded on the principles of advocating for the right to self-determination of all Melanesians and pioneered support for our brothers and sisters in Kanaky to have their voices heard in an independence referendum. We call on them now to also acknowledge the political aspirations of the West Papuan people, who have, in vast numbers expressed their will for self-determination and assistance from the international community, via their petition to the United Nations. Our people risked their lives to add their names and to have their cry for freedom heard. Please hear this cry and rise up with us- your brothers and sisters need your help and are relying on the compassion of the people of PNG, and our Melanesian family.
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In his 2005 landmark Social Justice Report, Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma called for a generational campaign to address the appalling gap in health between First Peoples and other Australians, that sees a baby born to an Aboriginal mother twice as likely to die before the age of four, and elders lives cut short by more than 10 years compared to non-Indigenous Australians.
Were just two years off the halfway mark of the nationally agreed target of closing the health equality gap by 2030, yet the Federal Government is taking us backwards. Only three of seven targets is considered on track, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child mortality is slipping backwards.
We told the PM that he had effectively abandoned the closing the gap strateg...
How much is free speech and free expression worth? USD$17,000 apparently.
It seems that charging university associations for the cost of security is an increasingly common phenomenon. Its not just a University of Sydney thing or an Australian thing.
Its not exactly clear where or when this practice started, but there is a clear asymmetry in its application.
Were the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance charged for public security during their performance. See the police in the picture? Who paid for that?
It cannot be that expression is only free, free from security charges, if you are of the left.
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12 February 2018: The latest round of negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement have just concluded in Jakarta. Japan, the second largest exporter of intellectual property in the world, is leading the push for extended intellectual property protections. However Japan is facing resistance from India and some other members who are concerned about the impact that it would have on access to affordable medicines.
Dr Belinda Townsend (ANU), Dr Deborah Gleeson (La Trobe University) and Dr Ruth Lopert (George Washington University) have co-authored a timely new paper, Japans emerging role in the global pharmaceutical intellectual property regime: a tale of two trade agreements, which discusses how and why Japan has fought to increase intellectual property protections in the RCEP and TPP. The paper is summarised here.
Japan has been supportive of increased IP protections since at least 2013. The leaked draft text of the November 2013 TPP agreement proves Japan was supportive of the United States efforts to extend several IP provisions back then, and then pushed for the provisions to be replicated in the RCEP. The latest leaked version of the RCEP show many of these dangerous provisions remain. These provisions include extended patent terms, and mandatory minimum periods which ban companies seeking to sell generic medicines from relying on clinical trial data used by the original developer of medicines.
As some intellectual property provisions are among those temporarily suspended from the rebranded Comprehensive Progressive Agreement for TPP (CPTPP), pending the return of the US to the agreement, it is possible that extending IP measures in RCEP will now be more difficult.
People with disabilities in prisons across Australia are at serious risk of sexual and physical violence, and are disproportionately held in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
The 93-page report, I Needed Help, Instead I Was Punished: Abuse and Neglect of Prisoners with Disabilities in Australia, examines how prisoners with disabilities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners, are at serious risk of bullying, harassment, violence, and abuse from fellow prisoners and staff. Prisoners with psychosocial disabilities mental health conditions or cognitive disabilities, can spend days, weeks, months, and sometimes even years, locked up alone in detention or safety units.
State and federal governments should end the use of solitary confinement for prisoners with disabilities, ensure that appropriate services are available to meet their needs, and more effectively screen prisoners for disabilities as they enter prison.
Being locked up in prison in Australia can be extraordinarily stressful for anyone, but is particularly traumatic for prisoners with disabilities, said Kriti Sharma, disability rights researcher at Human Rights Watch and author of the report. The services to support a prisoner with a disability just arent there. And worse, having a disability puts you at high risk of violence and abuse.
Human Rights Watch investigate...
The Lismore City Council is keen to progress the development of the North Lismore Plateau but one of the two other private development groups are slowing up the process.
In a report to the council to be considered at tomorrows meeting, staff point out that while the council has provided the water and sewerage infrastructure to service the development, its internal infrastructure must be developed with agreements with the other two developers.
And while the Winten Group has lodged a development application for 433 residential lots and agreed to the proposed voluntary planning instrument required for the development to proceed, The Plateau North Group (TPNG) has not lodged a DA, and has not agreed to the voluntary planning instrument.
In correspondence between the councils solicitors and TPNG, the developers have been warned that the council will compulsory acquire easements for water and infrastructure if an agreement is not reached.
TPNG have responded saying they need more time to prepare their ecological report.
In the meantime, staff have recommended the voluntary planning instrument agreed to by the Winten group be placed on public exhibition to demonstrate a commitment to its previous resolutions regarding infrastructure provision for the NLP.
The council meets tomorrow evening from 6pm in the chambers in Goonellabah.
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The Lismore City Council will tomorrow consider yet another push to re-open the Lismore Lake Pool, which has been targeted for demolition at a cost of $450,000.
Indeed, if the council votes to re-open the pool that $450,000 could be used as part of the $2,751,000 that a consultancy firm indicated last year it would cost to restore the pool.
Cr Greg Bennett has lodged a notice of motion for tomorrows meeting that calls for the restoration to be completed in the most cost effective manner possible and to the minimum standard required.
Items which are not absolutely necessary like the chemical storage shed shall be excluded.
He also wants the council to investigate outsourcing ongoing maintenance of the pool as a cost saving measure and to seek grants to fund all or part of the restoration.
To pay its portion of the restoration, Cr Bennett said the council could use surpluses, asset sales or in-kind contributions, but not new borrowings.
Lifeguards should only be considered if councils insurer is unwilling to underwrite the activity or standards require them, he said.
Staff have pointed out that if the council backs Cr Bennetts motion then sources of funding would have to be identified.
The most likely source would be the Federal Governments Building Better Regions fund, which would require a 50 per cent contribution from the council.
Finance manager Rino Santin has also pointed out the money earmarked to demolish the pool, $450,000, could be used in the restoration.
The council meets tomorrow evening from 6pm at the chambers in Goonellabah, although the meeting can be viewed online.
The Steele Syndicate is hitting the road, taking the Funky Trombone for a highly anticipated tour down the east coast. Steele McMahons Brisbane-based octet will be getting down in Byron Bay on February 16. The tour, brought to you by Beats Cartel, is celebrating the Syndicates latest single Funky Trombone.
The Brisbane-based octet has an eclectic, genre-bending sound that reimagines elements of old school funk, reggae, ska and indie rock. Rich vocal harmonies blend with a roaring, four-piece horn section to create music that is energised and emotional, for dancing breathlessly and for pondering deeply.
The 8 piece band will be performing a free show at the Brewery with support by local punk/hip hop act Juxta Thought. Kicks off at 7:30pm.
The Brewery Byron Bay, 7:30pm FRIDAY Feb 16, Free entry
Youve just arrived back from the trip of a lifetime your skin is bronzed, your legs are hairy and your head is whirling with new ideas (and maybe a bit of residual coke from your time in Central America).
Jetlagged but still buzzing, you arrive at a party back home and all your friends are there. Youve barely opened your mouth to tell your story about the night you almost got arrested when a mate shuts you down.
Nobody cares, they deadpan. Youve been overseas, we get it. Flicking their ciggy, they continue to talk about how fucked up they got on the weekend.
Once you get around to uploading your photos to Facebook, comments are generally something along the lines of a sarcastic, Did you go to overseas or something? or a recycled joke such as, How can you tell if someones been to India? Dont worry, theyll tell you about it.
But Im revolting against this incessant travel-talk bashing and standing in solidarity with those who have found hope on a mountain in Nepal, enlightenment in a caf in Amsterdam or love on the top bunk of a squeaky hostel bed in Barcelona, and damn well want to talk about it.
If travel has been your life for the past few months, how can your friends expect you not to breathe a word about it, but rather, pretend you never left your incestuous suburb and that you actually care about whos fucking who, and how much the tobacco tax is eating into everyones Centrelink money?
It seems as though when our friends return from overseas, their stories of life-changing experiences are so far removed from our own mundane lives that we cant help but belittle them to make ourselves feel better.
Dont take this as an invitation to get up on a soap box wearing 20 hand-woven anklets from Nepal and wax lyrical about how much better the nightlife is in the UK and how much hotter the guys are in Italy. It may be true, but nobody likes a bragger. There is a difference between bragging and telling a story, however, and the issue here is that the latter often gets mistaken for the former.
Instead of taking our worldly friends down a notch every time they bring up something that happened outside of our small reality, cant we just be happy for them? (Even if they did come back with dreadlocks and pubic lice.)
We Aussies have a habit of cutting down anyone we might vaguely suspect of being a tall poppy. But instead of cutting our friends down wh...
Michelle Landry is a Nationals MP so, you know bit of a dinosaur. And like all Nationals MPs, some things really offend her, like the movement to #changethedate of Australia Day.
Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry addressed media yesterday about the proposed change, calling the change absolute garbage.
People have celebrated Australia Day on the 26th of January for decades. We have celebrated as a nation and we want to continue to do this, Ms Landry said.
Ms Landry said at this stage she hadnt really spoken to a lot of the aboriginal groups about their opinion on the date.
Well thats a surprise although this wasnt.
We have got this survey online and we are encouraging people to get online and voice their opinion. Do they want Australia Day kept on the 26th? What date would they like Australia day to be on?
So, Landry as a politician elected to represent the views of her electorate is running a poll to get peoples genuine opinions on an issue after describing one perspective as absolute rubbish.
Once a dinosaur always a dinosaur but at least Landry is trying to evolve in all things social media.
Over the weekend, she became the only Nationals MP to weigh in on the record over the scandal engulfing Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce, and his affair with former Daily Tele journo Vicki Campion.
Landry was asked about the authenticity of a job Campion apparently won after being moved out of Joyces office. And what she offered up not only shows that shes still hip to the groove of the youth of today, mhomies, but its also quite possibly the quote of the year so far.
My office has worked quite closely with Vikki (Campion). She did a lot for the Nationals, getting us more hands-on with the Facebook and the Twitter.
And for her part, Campion must be worth her weight in gold. Landry now has a whopping 76 followers on her the Twitter account, although shes apparently been unable to work out how to get the official Twitter blue tick thus far, despite being a member of parliament.
A product for surfers developed by Australian company Shark Shield has been named a finalist in the Athletics, Sports & Recreation Injury Prevention category in the 2018 Edison Awards.
Named after Thomas Alva Edison, the Edison Awards recognises and honours the worlds best in innovators and innovations, with the winners being announced at the 31st Annual Edison Awards held Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in New York City.
Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield CEO says, Were thrilled to be recognised by such prestigious awards. Our FREEDOM+ Surf product is just the start of things to come for the brand. As we speak our product development team are working on a range of new products with the potential to protect an entire beach front through to a boating product and even hand-held devices for recreational ocean users.
Shark Shields FREEDOM+ Surf is made for surfers. The product was designed in partnership with World Surfing Champion Tom Carroll and the surfboard manufacturer Ocean and Earth.
It features a removable power module housed in a custom designed Ocean & Earth tail pad kicker, and the company says it can easily be transferred from board to board.
Light in weight, they say it offers nearly zero drag so there is little to no impact on surfing performance.
Established in 1987 and often described as the Oscars of Innovation, the Edison Awards recognises and honours the worlds best innovations and innovators.
All nominations were reviewed by the Edison Awards Steering Committee and the final ballot sent to an independent judging panel.
The judging panel was comprised of more than 3,000 professionals from the fields of product development, design, engineering, science, marketing and education, including professional organisations representing a wide variety of industries and disciplines.
Shark Shield says its patented technology creates a three-dimensional electrical field which causes unbearable spasms in sharks sensitive receptors, causing them to turn away.
Just relax. Spread your legs further.
Above me, fluorescent lights flickered, an epileptic nightmare. I felt sick. The smell of disinfectant clouded my thoughts and I could feel a lump forming in the back of my throat. I was lying on my back. Tears made tracks sideways across my temples as I bled into the thin paper lining that covered the examination table.
I felt the speculum twist inside me and the gynaecologist swam in my vision. I shut my eyes and let the darkness hold me.
There are three main types of hormonal contraception widely available to Australian women. These are the combined pill, hormonal implant (Implanon) and inter-uterine device. Each of these utilise synthetic hormones to stop the ovulation cycle of a woman and prevent unwanted pregnancies.
Reactions to hormonal birth control are unique to each of the women who use them. Many will find that these methods of control suit them perfectly. Others, however, wont be as fortunate.
The pill came first. Like many young Australians, I began taking the pill before I was sexually active. The combination of oestrogen and progesterone hormones is known to help relieve acne symptoms. I suffered an adverse reaction to the oestrogen levels, which gave me migraines and made me vomit. Every day. The acne didnt give a shit either like a bad smell, it stuck around.
When a friend experienced similar side effects on the Pill, her doctor later told her that he wouldnt ever consider another form of hormonal birth control for her again. My doctor wasnt so thoughtful.
I had an implanon next, more commonly known as the bar. An Implanon contains only the progesterone hormone at a higher dosage rate than the pill, and is usually used as an alternative for migraine sufferers. The bar is a sneaky arsehole though: blink, and your scales might just break. Then youre depressed and youre not sure if its the progesterone or the extra 14 kilos youre packing. Then you lose your sex drive. Then youre just a fat piece of shit.
Or maybe you were a fat piece of shit all along. Who even knows? There comes a point when you lose all sense of reality and your sanity caves to the hormones.
Research suggests that the synthetic oestrogen and progesterone present in hormonal birth control potentially...
Police and friends are concerned about the welfare of missing person Andrew Hutchings, from Byron Bay.
Andy was last seen by friends on Wednesday, February 7, in the Byron Bay area.
Andy drives a four-door grey Toyota Rav4, with NSW registration number CMS76D, and is believed to be driving this vehicle.
Police have received recent information that he may have been in the Ballina area on Friday, February 9, around 3pm.
If anyone has any information please contact Byron Bay Police Station on 02 66859499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Eighty great white sharks have been caught and tagged over five months during a trial of drum lines on NSW coasts and researchers say most swim away from beaches as a result.
The sharks, which were up to four metres long, were caught after 10 drum lines were placed between Coffs Harbour and Sawtell along with Foster and Tuncurry.
The trial finishes on Tuesday, however drum lines on the far north coast will remain until a similar trial there finishes.
Across NSW 320 white, bull and tiger sharks have been tagged and Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair says the trial has provided invaluable insight for scientists.
We want to make sure we are continually testing the science, trialling world-first technology, while keeping our local communities part of the conversation, he said in a statement.
The trial has shown animals can be caught and released with minimal negative impacts.
The movement of tagged sharks away from the coast after release reduces risk over the following days and weeks, the department said.
Satellite tag data has shown that they mostly move offshore after release for extended periods.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the government was pleased with the trial.
The new technology is saving lives, but also now we see evidence that its actually preventing or deterring sharks from even coming close to those areas, she told reporters in Sydney.
If we can protect the environment but more importantly protect lives, of course we will look at those opportunities.
The Catholic Church has been revealed as Victorias largest non-government property owner, casting doubt over claims it would be forced to cut social work if forced to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.
An investigation by Fairfax Media published on Monday reports that the church appears to own more than $30 billion in property and other assets across Australia.
Fairfax estimated the churchs Victorian portfolio to be about $9 billion, but in evidence to the royal commission in 2014 it valued its Melbourne properties at $109 million.
The apparent wealth of the church contrasts with findings by the royal commission, which found the average payout by the churchs compensation scheme established by former archbishop George Pell 20 years ago was $35,000 or less for those who had been abused by clergy.
These figures confirm what we have known; there is huge inequity between the Catholic Churchs wealth and their responses to survivors, Helen Last, chief executive of the In Good Faith Foundation, which supports abuse survivors told Fairfax.
The 600 survivors registered for our foundations services continue to experience minimal compensation and lack of comprehensive care in relation to their church abuses. They say their needs are the lowest of church priorities.
The government is rolling out a redress scheme for survivors from July 1, fulfilling a key recommendation of the child abuse royal commission.
The Catholic Church, which had already promised to join the national redress scheme, urged the states and territories to act.
A spectacular storm swept through Brisbane overnight with more than 250,000 lightning strikes recorded in less than an hour, 130,000 people left without power, a man shocked while he was having a shower, and a building exploding in the CBD (not really).
Who even knew that was possible. Fortunately, the man was only injured in the strike, and Brisbane is back to normalcy (well, its Brisbane, so some sense of normalcy) this morning, although an estimated 60,000 homes were still without power.
One group of folks who didnt lose the lights and were still not sure how were those staying at the Park Regis Hotel on the edge of the Brisbane CBD.
New Matilda editor Chris Graham was filming the storm from his balcony in South Brisbane, when this happened.
Remarkably, the power to the Park Regis stayed on after the strike, although New Matilda was unable to confirm rumours that hotel management had to call in tradies overnight to deal with an overload on the plumbing.
The post VIDEO: Watch A Brisbane Building Explode (OK, It Doesnt Explode, But It Should Have!) appeared first on New Matilda.
As expected, The House of Representatives passed legislation for a company tax cut at the end of last week, from 30 percent to 25 percent by 2026.
It still needs to get through the Senate, and there is a great deal of lobbying being carried out to get support, by both sides on this issue.
Cory Bernardi, Fraser Anning and David Leyonhjelm have already backed the government.
Derryn Hinch has said that he may support the cut, if it comes together with a pay rise for workers. The three Nick Xenophon Team Senators remain opposed to parts of the package.
Pauline Hanson has turned on the company tax cut and this may well drag the three One Nation Senators against the legislation in its present form. Hanson says big companies should not get the cut, which should only be given to those with a turnover of less than $50 million a year.
Only Tasmanias Rebekha Sharkie is totally against any form of company tax cut.
What is going to happen in the end is unclear. Much of the cross-bench is once again showing its potential for infinite flexibility, so long as the government offers them a few crumbs. It is on the cards that the self-styled crusaders for justice can be persuaded, if the price is right.
This piece of legislation is once again bringing out of the worst of the parliamentary political process in Australia. Not for the first time, the courage of principle, may be giving way to political opportunism.
For us mere mortals, either the lowering of company tax is right or wrong. It should not be something to be bargained with.
Australia should expect politicians to decide on this basis. But regretfully, it does not, because the manipulation of important issues, to bargain for concessions in other places, has become the rule rather than the exception. Politicians are expected to be opportunists, free of moral compass. No wonder that as a group, they stand in such low esteem.
But a shot should not only be fired at the cross bench. Coalition government members are engaged in their usual kneejerk reaction to anything in favour of their benefactors, the big end of town. For them, the company tax cut is mantra. But there is also the stench of a corrupt political system, that rewards what favours the richest and most powerful.
A man and a woman in their 30s who went on an early morning kayak trip to Julian Rocks on Sunday are counting their lucky stars after spending 90 minutes in the water without lifejackets when it capsized.
The event could have ended in disaster had it not been for the intervention of surf lifesavers who carried out a dramatic rescue effort.
The couple were part of a group of kayakers departing from The Pass for the short paddle early Sunday.
When the kayak capsized after taking on water, a second nearby kayak went to their aid but despite multiple attempts the group were unable to right it due to the huge volume of water inside.
The second group then paddled to shore to raise the alarm initially with Marine Rescue NSW at around 10:45am.
Lifesavers from Byron Bay SLSC and the Far North Coast Support Operations jet ski sighted the stranded man and woman about four kilometres from shore.
Both plucked from the water while their kayak, which was almost submerged by this point, was towed back to Main Beach.
Despite being in water for about 90 minutes, drifting with their kayak and suffering fatigue, the couple were none the worse for their ideal.
Neither of the kayakers were wearing lifejackets at the time.
NSW State Duty Officer Jimmy Keogh said the incident was a timely reminder about the importance of wearing lifejackets.
I would like to acknowledge the quick response from the IRB crew at Byron Bay who were able to get on-scene within ten minutes of the report coming it.
The two kayakers were extremely fortunate as this incident could easily have escalated had the conditions worsened.
It reinforces just how crucial lifejackets are regardless of the type of water activity youre participating it, Mr Keogh said.
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[Editors Note: Former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) are battling rates of suicide higher than the general population according to a report released in June 2017. That doesnt come as a surprise.]
by Felicity Hingston
Phil Essam Casey wants a Royal Commission into the Veteran Suicide Rate in Australia. This is the petition he put up on Change.org:
In 2017 , 80 plus Australian Veterans have lost their lives to suicide. This is a National Tragedy and somethin...
1793 - John Macarthur ,being the brown nosed toadie that he was,
was rewarded with a land grant of 100 acres near Parramatta that he
dubbed Elizabeth Farm after his long-suffering hard-working wife
who was the real energy behind the sheep breeding program.
1798 Having finished his homework early, Matthew Flinders explored the Furneaux Islands in Bass Strait.
1814 - The Governor was all up in a tizz when he released an order from Government House announcing the most bodacious discovery of rich grasslands to the west. The announcement celebrated the fertile pasturelands, well-watered by numerous streams. The order also detailed the land grants awarded to Evans, the two free men who accompanied him, and the original explorers, Lawson, Blaxland and Wentworth, who were too busy celebrating to return this reporters calls.
1826 - The Meth's were looking to drum up business with the opening of their first church in Tassie.
1851 - Kicking over the ground while leaving the missus to mind the store Edward Hargraves found a whole 5 specks of the glittery gold stuff at Summer Hill Creek.
1868 - Victorian Parliament created (yet another committee to look into it) the Dept of Hansard when they (pinched) recruited 3 staff from the Argus Newspaper.
1884 - The railway line from Mitiamo to Pyramid Hill (Vic) was opened.
1893 - Dickey was a steamship that was blown ashore in heavy north-easterly weather on Caloundra Head, Queensland. All passengers and crew were saved from Dickey. Dickeys hulk was visible for many years, lasting nearly a hundred years on the beach.
1900 - Pink Hill, held by Victorian, South Australian and British troops was attacked by a superior Boer force resulting in the deaths of seven Australians and the wounding of 22 others.
1901 - Premier of Victoria, Sir George Turner, retired (to his beach front condo on the Gold Coast) from politics after 86 days.
1901 - Resident Magistrate of Daru Bingham Hely died of malaria whilst on leave at Thursday Is.
Two men have been charged with drug offences in Byron Bay on Friday (February 9) while apparently in the middle of a drug deal.
About 3.30pm , officers from Tweed/Byron Police District were patrolling Gilmour Crescent, Byron Bay, when they observed two men at a parked car.
Police approached the car and spoke with the men before conducting a search.
During the search, officers allegedly located cash, scales, snap lock bags and drugs.
The men, both aged 30, were arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station where one of the men was charged with possessing a prohibited drug.
He was granted conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday 12 February 2018.
The other man was charged with possessing a prohibited drug, supplying a prohibited drug, dealing with proceeds of crime and an outstanding arrest warrant.
He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court today (Saturday 10 February 2018).
What's in the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership deal for Australia? There's no way to tell until we've seen the text, and we won't see it until after it's signed, in Chile on March 8. Really. That's the way things normally work.
After that, there's still time to back out if we don't want to ratify it, and there's a precedent. All 12 would-be members signed up to the original Trans-Pacific Partnership in February 2016. Barack Obama found himself unable to get it through Congress and Donald Trump didn't try.
As best as we can tell, the new deal, TPP-11, is the old one with fewer bad bits. Twenty of the most contentious provisions included at the insistence of the US have been "suspended" until the US decides to join. They include enforced protections for the owners of pharmaceutical patents and extensions to copyright law.
There's no guarantee they would come back if the US did decide to join. Each of the 11 other members would have to agree.
Still in the agreement, although somewhat weakened, are the investor-state dispute settlement provisions insisted on by the US and Korea. They will allow private companies to sue national governments in extraterritorial tribunals, as Philip Morris did over Australia's tobacco plain-packaging laws using the terms of an obscure Hong Kong investment agreement.
John Howard successfully resisted having them in the US-Australia agreement and the Abbott government managed to avoid them in the Australia-Japan agreement, but we have apparently agreed to them now, for Japan, Korea and eight other nations.
The upside is that our companies will also be able to sue governments.
The best guess as to what the trade and investment concessions do for Australia financially, from the respected Peterson Institute, is "not much". Australia's national income would eventually be 0.5 per cent higher, a gain of less than half of one-tenth of a per cent per year.
The Productivity Commission wants to do the numbers itself, performing a proper cost-benefit analysis. Under Labor it would, for all future agreements. It's hard to think of a good reason why it shouldn't do it now.In The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
Scary thing is I was upstairs in bed.
The campaign of harassment continues. I should have paid attention to my dogs- who were alerted but I made them lay back down.
They let me know in not so subtle ways as it was pretty blatant. But who can I tell?
Considering my only friend in Seattle was found without a heartbeat yesterday and now is in a coma- it seems they are going full out to try and fuck me up.
Something tells me they are upset I put my blog back up. They will stop at nothing to try and stop me from talking. Going after me and anyone I care about- their obsession with me never stops.
It could be coincidental- but I have to wonder.
The Russian national is accused by U.S. authorities of running an online cybercrime marketplace. Police in Thailand announced Friday they have arrested a Russian national accused by U.S. authorities of running an online cybercrime marketplace where everything from stolen credit card information to hardware for compromising ATM machines could be purchased. Police said that Sergey Medvedev was arrested at his Bangkok apartment on Feb. 2 at the request of U.S. authorities. The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday announced indictments against 36 people accused of being active in the Infraud Organization - founded in 2010 and operated under the slogan "In Fraud We Trust" - which was an anonymous online forum that the department described as a "one-stop shop for cybercriminals." It said it had nearly 11,000 members who traded more than 4.3 million credit cards, debit cards and bank accounts worldwide, leading to losses of more than $530 million for legitimate users and businesses. The U.S. indictment described Medvedev, 31, as the group's co-founder along with Svyatoslav Bondarenko, and said he had operated a payment system for the forum's members. It said Medvedev became the website's owner and administrator when Bondarenko went missing in 2015. Thai Police Maj. Nuthapong Rattanamongkolsak, the arresting officer, said U.S. officials had tracked the group for several years but only recently started to make arrests. "Before the operation could be ready, they had to recheck their targets in various countries," Nutthapong said, adding that the case against the Infraud Organization began in 2014 when a U.S. Homeland Security officer sent an undercover agent to sign up as a member of the Dark Web forum. On Thursday, 13 of the wanted persons were taken into custody across the globe, including in California, New York and Alabama. Suspects arrested in France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Kosovo and Serbia are awaiting extradition. Medvedev will be extradited to face prosecution in the U.S., Nutthapong said. A Thai police statement said they seized 29 electronic items from Medvedev's Bangkok apartment, while the Infraud Organization's main servers were seized Tuesday in Paris. The police statement said officers were able to arrest Medvedev by performing stakeouts, behavioral analyses, and by investigating his online activity. Nutthapong said Thai police are tracking several other similar online syndicates. Last year, Thai authorities arrested the alleged operator of Alphabay, a massive Dark Web marketplace where illicit items such as narcotics and guns could be sold or purchased by anyone, unlike Infraud, which vetted its members. The alleged Alphabay administrator, 26-year-old Canadian Alexandre Cazes, was found dead in his Thai prison cell shortly after his arrest, a suicide by hanging, according to Thai police.
It's pernicious, it's dangerous, and it's spreading everywhere. No, not the flu. We're talking about the other virus - the Mind Virus of Radical Leftist Ideology. From university campuses, it has spread through media to infect whole education systems, corporate sectors, politics and beyond, creeping into every facet of culture from the US West Coast all the way around the world to the Australian Gold Coast. Many people are beginning to notice some of the ugliest manifestations of this very dangerous ideology, but the pernicious and subtle ways that it takes hold of and twists people's minds are many and varied. So there is still time before this 'mind virus' really takes hold and the pure, destructive force it carries is unleashed on society. Ideally, sanity will prevail before we reach the point of no return. Join us this Sunday 11 February from 12-1:30pm EST / 5-6:30pm UTC / 6-7:30pm CET on The Truth Perspective for the antidote! Running Time: 01:55:21 Download: OGG, MP3 Listen live, chat, and call in to future shows on the SOTT Radio Network!
Julian Assange has issued a savage rebuke to Newsweek journalist Michael Hayden for being duped by a fake Twitter account impersonating the Wikileaks founder. Hayden had responded to a tweet supporting US president Donald Trump from Assange impersonator @TheRealJulian. The fake account wrote: "Keep doing what you're doing Mr. President and know that the entire world is behind you!" Despite the nature of the comment being completely out of character, Hayden took it at face value and he accused the Australian of being "one of those MAGA randos that rushes into Trump's replies to kiss up".
Share this Post I want you to know why finding out where we are from, where our country is, is so important to me. I believe that all the beauty of the Australian landscape, the stillness and the tidal lapping, the food to be foraged, and the fresh morning air is where our beauty is. I believe that finding our ...
Lachlan Brown, Lunar Inheritance (Giramondo 2017)
At the beginning of 2013, the Carriageworks in Sydney hosted Song Dongs extraordinary art installation, Waste Not, in which we were invited to walk about in the skeleton of a small house, along narrow pathways among the neatly arranged items that were found in the artists mothers house when she died. The hundreds of duplicate humble household items cakes of soap, hairbrushes, spectacles, shoes, plastic bowls, eggbeaters had an uncanny power, like mute witnesses of a life lived with scrupulous thrift. As Song Dong says in the video below, the installation struck a chord with Chinese viewers: This is not just your home. It is our home too.
Lachlan Brown invokes that work in an epigraph to Lunar Inheritance*, and as we read on we realise it is a literal reminder of his own Chinese grandmothers hoarding, as well as a rich metaphor for his own co...
WOLLONGONG City Council held a community information session at Austinmer on Saturday morning to provide an update on plans to renew the beachs historic amenities building.
At the session, people were able to view the revised design for the building, which was altered following a community outcry over the previous plan in October-November.
Last year we asked the community what they thought of a proposed design to update and refurbish this ageing building and we received lots of feedback, which was terrific, Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.
Through our consultation the community made it clear they consider this building as much more than an amenities building. They did not want the wood composite material and large cut out male and female figures on the front of the building. We welcome this feedback, and have adjusted the plans while also taking into account the buildings heritage significance.
This Saturday well be on site at the amenities building between 10am and 12 noon to let people know what has been changed in the design and to run through the next steps in the process of refurbishing this building.
The key changes to the design following community engagement include the removal of the cladding and the large male and female figures denoting the toilets. Weve also added more seating on the buildings northern and southern ends, and w...
1) The Radical Right in Australia OUP has published an essay on The Radical Right in Australia by myself and Aurelien Mondon which you can read online or download for free here. The chapter is one of many in The Continue reading
It is an ugly truth_ one that is not all that hard to figure out if one could only be honest with themselves.
The fact that a group of parents who were accused of child molestation and horrible abuse got together and formed The False Memory Syndrome Foundation and gave us the two phrases false memories and satanic panic shows this.
Unless you believe all of the people who came forward were liars and the only ones telling the truth were the accused. And there were A LOT of parents coming forward in the 80s claiming their children were being abused in their daycares- thus the word PANIC. It was everywhere in the 80s.
In the US- in Australia- and in the UK- who, incidentally- got busted for covering THEIR allegations up. If the claims were so bogus- why spend the time, money, and effort to cover them up?
Our rich elite feel they are entitled to anything and everything they want. This includes the buying and selling of your children. It is a scary thought but none the less truth.
And they will murder anyone who tries to stand in their way. And the question shouldnt be if our governments lie to us but rather do they ever tell us the truth?
And dont for a moment think you are immune. I am a nobody and LOOK at the campaign they have going against me. It tells you anyone who falls within their sites is expendable. Is this activity- and those who engage in it- really the ones you want to put your allegiances with?
They serve themselves- and ONLY themselves. To protect them is to put your own children in danger. Is that how any of you truly want to lead your lives? REALLY?
Because I belive we are all better than that personally.
Not five years ago, as Edward Snowden unveiled thousands of classified and secret documents, the world became shockingly aware of a covert, suspicion-independent and global mass-surveillance of the Internet and telecommunication networks, which had been operated by the so-called Five Eyes (Australia, Canada, New Zeeland, UK and the USA) at least since 2007. This surveillance relied on monitoring programs such as PRISM (with the more or less voluntary participation of Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, AOL, Skype und Apple), XKeyscore (a system to perform virtually unlimited monitoring of anyone around the world using metadata and content), and Tempora (skimming and caching almost all Internet traffic directly from the network hubs and transatlantic data links). While the public outrage after Snowdens revelations was unprecedented, this has since largely subsided, and Intelligence Services enjoy once again nearly unhindered ability to siphon off, evaluate and store data on a large scale. With all probability, the methods of the Five Eyes a...
The Short and Sweet festival the biggest little play festival in the world is back for its 17th year in Sydney. Short+Sweet 2018 features 130 plays across 8 weeks, with 2 new programmes every week. The different programs feature new writers, directors and a totally new cast. Among the plays showing nightly this week is Monet, Monet, Monet! by Pauline Turner, and The Woman Who Thought She Thought A New Thought by Carol Dance.
In Monet Monet Monet, when a Monet disappears from an art gallery wall, an eccentric woman is arrested for art theft on the evidence of surveillance video. But is the footage the truth or just an impression of it? It stars Steven Tait, Eveline Schubert, Carolina Portugal and Katia Moors and is produced by Andrew Cohen.
Writer and Director, Pauline Turner, is my guest today.
In The Woman Who Thought She Thought A New Thought, a woman sings as she showers. A new thought pops into her head. Can she remember it? Will the thought she thought be lost forever? It stars Julia Dance and Sasha Dance.
Writer and Director, Carol Dance, is my guest today.
Tom Mann Theatre
136 Chalmers Street
Info / Tickets: shortandsweet.org
I look forward to your company 10.30am midday
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